A mother is holding no ill will against a driver who struck and killed her son on the valley's westside. The hardest thing, she says, is accepting that her son was at fault.
"It's the worst pain anyone can feel. You are not suppose to bury a child," said Sherri Bush, the victim's mother.
James Spagnoli and his younger brother were walking to the grocery store when the 25-year-old stepped into the street outside of the crosswalk.
"I look behind me and I heard a swerved. I heard a noise and when I looked behind me my brother wasn't there. I'm frantically looking for him and I see people stopped," said Austin Coker, the victim's brother.
A minivan struck Spagnoli in the eastbound lane. He was pronounced dead a short time after in the hospital. Bush was angry at the driver but says that is in the past.
"At first I did but then I don't. It wasn't his fault. He tried, from what I understand from Metro, he tried to avoid him but he just couldn't avoid him," added Bush.
As if the loss of their loved one wasn't enough, the family says they now have an even bigger concern with the burial arrangements.
"Unfortunately we just went through some bad financial times over the last few years, having gone through a foreclosure and losing our home. We are digging ourselves out of this hole but we have no funds to do this," said Bill Ortiz, the victim's stepfather.
It's a solution Bush says she will find to be able to lay her son to rest.
"You are numb and then there are hard times that I just can't take it," said Bush.
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