Seventy-two-year-old Amy Yuen was killed in a hit-and-run crash on February 10 after she and her 75-year-old husband were rear-ended on Interstate 880 in Hayward, California.
The grandmother was a passenger in the 1999 Acura TL that her husband Lun was driving home to Milpitas, when another driver hit their vehicle and drove off, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Lun sustained bruises on his hand, a sternal fracture and bleeding in the brain following the car crash, KTVU reported.
But the injuries paled in comparison to losing his wife of 50 years.
“To lose your soulmate just like that in an accident and in a moment’s notice,” said Amy’s daughter Peggy Yuen told the TV station.
“My kids saw them that afternoon and now they are trying to wonder why grandma’s not here,” said the victim’s son Wilson Yuen.
The two were on their way home after visiting their grandchildren in Hayward.
They drove on southbound 880 near the Tennyson exit overpass at about 2:10 p.m. when the driver of a a black and white Ford Mustang hit the rear of their Acura causing it to crash into a concrete sound wall.
“The way he described it, he was just driving and all of a sudden he lost control of his vehicle and the damage to the back of his vehicle tells us someone hit him,” said Peggy.
Lun and Amy were rushed to Eden Medical Center, where the elderly woman died 12 hours later from her injuries.
“What kind of person would hit somebody, see the car careen across,” added Peggy. “There’s no way that this person would not know that they hit somebody.”
Amy is survived by four children and eight grandchildren with another on the way. The Yuen family is now seeking answers and closure.
“I have hate that I’ve never felt before,” said Wilson. “The way I can forgive and move on is to know who did this and that person brought to justice as well.”
CHP Officer Joseph Fowler is asking for any witnesses who might have seen the crash or been using a dash cam in that area to call CHP Hayward at (510) 489-1500.
He told East Bay Times that there are no cameras around that part of the interstate and no nearby businesses or the view was blocked by sound walls.
“Witnesses who called in have had no description of the other driver and no license plate,” said Fowler. “We are looking, but we don’t have much to go on.”