PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Eyewitness News has learned Rebecca Malave, the mother who was injured in a hit-and-run earlier this week in North Philadelphia, has died. Her family says she died on Thursday.
Malave and her 3-year-old son, Armani Negron, were hit Sunday around 8 p.m. at Rising Sun and West Luzerne Street.READ MORE: Mets, Phillies Minor Leaguers Protest Pay With Wristbands
The two were leaving a friend’s house.
“If you hit somebody with your vehicle, you didn’t necessarily commit a crime. However, once you make that decision to leave, you’ve decided to commit a crime,” Philadelphia Police Capt. Mark Overwise said.
It was a heartbreaking decision for the entire family, especially Malave‘s mother.
“She seen her daughter laying there. She was just gone and it’s not fair. It’s the hardest decision she ever made in her life,” Lorrain Graulau, Malave’s sister, said.READ MORE: Official First-Edition Printed Copy Of U.S. Constitution Set To Go Up For Auction
The hit-and-run is another devastating blow to the family. The children’s father was shot and killed last November during the overnight hours of Thanksgiving Day. Police say Orlando Negron was shot once in the head on East Indiana Avenue. There’s still no arrest in that case.
Both tragedies now leaving their children without parents.
“They’re so young. They’re both still so young. They lost their dad and now their mom,” Homi Malave, Malave‘s brother, told CBS3. “And it’s sucks because when they grow up they won’t remember them. My sister was the best person ever. The best mom ever.”
Police say at least one car hit them and they’re urging the driver to come forward.MORE NEWS: COVID Outbreak At Robbinsville High School Cancels In-Person Classes For A Week
The family says the 3-year-old boy is “doing good” as of right now.