Fannie Ash, Pedestrian Struck and Killed Crossing Miami Street, Remembered at Friday Vigil

More than 100 people held candles and sang in a vigil to remember Fannie Ash in Miami Friday night.

"She was my life, my heart, my soul," Ash's daughter Charlette Smith said. "She was everything to me. Now that she's gone, I don't know who to turn to now."

The 78-year-old mother was killed walking across a Miami street on the night of Oct. 28. She was going to Jordan Grove Church when she became a victim of a hit and run.

Marty Howard, 55, was later arrested and charged with DUI manslaughter and leaving the scene of a crash involving death, according to police.

Two weeks ago, a couple of University of Miami students were remembered after they were killed crossing the street outside their apartment complex. That driver stayed on the scene and is not facing charges.

"Tragedies happen when you're not paying attention with both eyes on the road at all times, so this should be a wake-up call for everybody," Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner said at that vigil.

The 16-year-old driver who hit and killed 6-year-old Betasha Bien-Aime in northeast Miami-Dade this week isn't facing charges either. On Wednesday morning, the teen was on her way to Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School while little Betasha was walking with her grandmother to Madie Ives Elementary School.

"This is devastating and I'm going to fight this to the end until I find justice," said the little girl's mother, Marie Bien-Aime.

On many roads around South Florida, similar vows or pleas have been heard. On Friday night, the pastor of Jordan Grove Church made one in Fannie Ash’s name on Northwest 12th Street in Miami.

"They ought to drive the speed limit. They should be clear," Pastor Douglas Cook said. "They should keep their eyes on the road and know that this is a community they're passing through."

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