COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) -- Family members of Deborah Walker describe the 53-year-old as being someone who loved life and cherished family.
Walker was killed late Saturday night when the driver of a pick-up truck struck her. Walker died on the scene. The accident happened on Decker Boulevard in Richland County.
Laura Stephens, Walker's aunt has fond memories of Walker. "She was just an outgoing person. She loved to laugh and she loved her holidays," said Stephens.
Her cousin, Bobby said she was a great person. "She was a wonderful person, a good heart. She worked hard at her job and she loved her kids and she loved her family," he said.
South Carolina Highway Patrol say the accident happened around 11:35 p.m. The driver of the truck, 36-year-old Michael Jackson turned himself in to officials. He is being charged with drunk driving and leaving the scene of an accident.
Walker's family members say she moved from New York City to Columbia in the mid-1980's. According to family, Walker was used to walking and using the public transit system. She never bought a car once she relocated to Columbia. Walker's cousin Bobby says she was known to ask for rides from family. "The thing that I'm going to miss about Deborah is her calling me asking for a ride home everyday. Can you come pick me up and give me a ride home, you know," Bobby said.
The pain of losing their loved one is fresh and Walker's family say they are hoping for justice. "To be hit and left in the road like that; I just hope the person that did it sees justice and that justice be served," Bobby said.
Michael Jackson is being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.