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Mother hopes good samaritan can bring closure after daughter hit and killed by driver

Mother offers plea after daughter killed
Posted at 2:48 PM, Mar 22, 2017
Jennifer Meyers still expects her daughter to come home any minute now. 
 
Her daughter, 17-year-old Alina Marie Perez was on her way back home on Monday morning when a driver hit and killed her as she crossed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. N. near 55th Ave. 
 
Her mom doesn't know why her daughter didn't use the crosswalk, but says she walked along the route to her home often. 
 
"They said that if she would have just took a few more steps she would have made it," said Meyers. 
 
Now St. Pete police are searching for the person driving a scooter or motorcycle who Meyers says helped flag the driver down, making them stop. 
 
She says the driver possibly hadn't realized they'd hit someone and she hopes any witness can help sort out the details.  
 
"Not that I can fix it," she said, 'but to know what really happened with her." 
 
The Northeast High sophomore was involved in drama and loved lending a helping hand. 
 
"If somebody needed a pair of shoes or a hurt Alina wouldn't hesitate to give that to her," she said. 
 
She says her daughter was an organ donor. 
 
A family friend set up an online fundraiser help with memorial costs.