SAN JOSE, Calif. (KTVU) - A San Jose family is in mourning after their loved one didn't come home from a trip to Target Saturday night. The 51-year-old victim Diane Delgado was walking to her house a mile away when she was killed by a hit and run driver. The driver was arrested thanks to Good Samaritans.
Richard Delgado said he waited for his daughter to come home. He fell asleep only to be woken up by his other daughter telling him the news no parent wants to hear.
“She said Diane's dead,” said Richard Delgado. “My mind I still couldn't believe it. I started screaming and saying my baby, my baby, my baby.”
Police said, a Ford Truck traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed on Capitol Expressway near Silver Creek Road
struck and killed Diane. Police said she was outside of a crosswalk and died on impact.
“It’s nighttime, depending on the clothing you are wearing if you are not in the crosswalk, it's very dangerous,” said Sgt. Enrique Garcia of San Jose Police.
The driver, 39-year-old Ubaldo Munoz was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Police said he tried to flee but two witnesses in separate cars boxed him in.
“They held him there until police arrived which is phenomenal,” said Sgt. Garcia. “They decided to get involved and prevent the person from getting away. We would have had a felony hit and run, vehicular manslaughter unsolved case.”
“I would love to tell them thank you,” said Racquelle Delgado, the victim’s sister. “There's really good people in this world still.”
Saturday's crash marks the 19th pedestrian death in San Jose this year which is the highest in three years. The Delgado family wants to highlight this tragedy as a senseless loss.
"I myself ask why did God take good people away,” said Richard Delgado. “In some ways, it's still hurting.”
Her family described Diane as kind-hearted and honest. They hope to bury her in San Jose but are struggling to make house payments.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with funeral costs:
Police advise, while they call the witnesses actions heroic, it’s best to call 911.