The family of 20-year-old Cherish Samson say they’ll always remember her smile and laughter.
Samson and her boyfriend had just welcomed their baby girl three weeks ago.
“This morning, I got a call from one of her friends saying she passed away and I was surprised. I didn’t know what for do,” said Seth Amina, Samson’s boyfriend.
Samson was struck by a car at about 4:30 a.m. Saturday in Aiea. It happened on Kamehameha Highway near Pearlridge Center.
Honolulu police say Samson was not in a marked crosswalk.
“When they arrived at the scene, they found a female in her early 20s deceased on the roadway. A female driver in her late 20s, driving the Mitsubishi Galant you see behind me, said the female just appeared out of nowhere,” said Lt. Bobby Towne, Honolulu Police Department.
Her family says she was hanging out with a group of friends at McGrew Park.
“She was out with her friends last night and apparently she was trying to find her way back home,” said Yvette Samson, the victim’s aunt.
Samson and her boyfriend had been dating for about two years and were planning to get married.
“She was a good girl. She was loving. She was there for the baby from day one,” Amina said.
Police say speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors on the driver’s part. But the slick road conditions and lack of light can make it difficult for drivers to see.
This is the 10th traffic fatality on Oahu this year, compared to 13 at this time last year.
Her sister says she was taken too soon.
“God gained another angel and I’m really going to miss my sister ’cause now this is all we got. She was so proud that she was a mom,” said Jasmine Satele, victim’s sister.