SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A Springfield family tries to cope with the tragic death of a loved one.
Police say 55-year old Jeanne McLain was killed by a reckless driver who fled the scene.
The woman’s daughter, Melissa McLain-Melloni talked to ABC40 about her loss.
“My mom was my best friend. She was so good to me,” says Melissa.
Police say her mom, Jeanne McLain, was a passenger in a car that was struck by a vehicle driven by 25-year-old Mark Perez.
Perez faces multiple charges including leaving the scene of a personal injury accident resulting in death as well as drug possession charges.
Jeanne was killed on Saturday at the intersection of Carew and Chestnut Streets in Springfield.
She was on her way to visit her daughter and grandchildren for the Easter weekend.
“My mom never showed up. I had to identify my mom at Baystate and explain to my children ‘Meme’s in heaven in a better place, ’cause I know she went straight up to heaven. She was a beautiful person inside and out,” Melissa adds.
Melissa has medical problems of her own. She will now have to face them without the support of her mom.
“I am sick. I have a brain tumor, and my mom’s been with me and not having her here. She is with me in spirit. She’s given me strength to talk today.”
Melissa says her mom loved life and lived it to the fullest. Her loss has devastated the family.
“Oh God, there’s so much about my mom. What am I going to miss most? Her love…my mom’s love she had for me and my children.”