Bay Point mother makes emotional plea for justice following deadly hit-and-run

BAY POINT, Calif. (KTVU) – The family of an East Bay woman killed in a hit-and-run crash is pleading for help to find the driver responsible for her death.

Brittania Gadlin, 25, was killed while walking in a crosswalk at Canal Drive and Bailey Road in Bay Point on Feb. 7 around 10:30 p.m.

The driver took off, prompting the California Highway Patrol in Contra Costa County to investigate.

Stephanie Bonner, Gadlin's mother, has turned to God to get her through yet another tragedy in life. She said this is the second time she has lost a child to violence. One of her sons was murdered in Richmond in 2010.

"She was my angel, my baby, my only girl," Bonner said. "We just buried her brother five years ago and now we're burying her."

Bonner is hoping anyone with information about the crash in Bay Point comes forward.

Contra Costa CHP Officer John Fransen said officers are following leads. They are looking for anyone with information, even if the person did not see the collision. Fransen said even information about seeing a suspicious car before the crash or after the crash can help.

"We're trying to look at every single thing we possibly can in that area," he said. "We're trying to scour the community to see if anybody saw anything during that time period."

The intersection of Canal Drive and Bailey Road is heavily trafficked, which is why Gadlin's family is sure there are witnesses.

"There's no way that nobody saw nothing so that's what we're pleading for… for a community to come back and be the village it once was... have compassion and love for the people," Tonyia Carter, an aunt, said.

According to loved ones, Gadlin was set to be married to her long-time girlfriend on Valentine's weekend in Reno.

Bonner said she is leaving outcome in the Lord's hands.

"A mother is not supposed to bury her children," Bonner said. "We got to stop all this cold bloodedness. We have to have a heart for the people."

She went on to extend her plea to the driver responsible for her daughter's death.

"Even you who did this to my daughter, I need God to convict you now in the name of Jesus to come forward and take responsibility for this because you took my baby from me," Bonner added.

Anyone with information is asked to CHP Contra Costa at 925-646-4980.