PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- A family wants answers after Phoenix police said a driver hit and killed their sister in broad daylight Saturday.

Detectives said the driver took off, leaving Jeannie Montoya dying in the road. "She was such a loving person," said Jeannie's sister, Virginia Aranda. "Everywhere she went, she walked in with a smile. Everybody just remembers her smile and how much she joked around, and she was everything to us."

She said Jeannie was a mother and a grandmother. "I just want people to know she was very kind and outgoing," said Jeannie's sister, Stephanie Montoya. "She was always willing to be there for anybody. She loved her kids and her family."

Saturday afternoon, Phoenix police say a box truck hit and killed Jeannie near 59th Avenue and Palm Lane. Investigators said the driver took off, but they found the truck abandoned nearby. They're still investigating how Jeannie was hit. As officers work to find the driver, Jeannie's family waits for justice.

"He took everything from us," said Virginia. "He just needs to turn himself in, and he just needs to be caught. My sister needs to be at peace."

"I just don't understand how he could do something like that and leave and have no remorse and not stay," said Stephanie.

The sisters said Jeannie gave a lot in her 42 years, but today, her family needs the community's prayers and support. "We just want to send her home and have peace," said Virginia. "Give her kids peace. Give ourselves peace and just get justice."

"They can help us spread the word and help us find who did this, and if you pray for us, we accept it completely," said Stephanie.

The family set up an account in Jeannie's name at Chase Bank to raise money for her burial. They are also planning a car wash to raise money Saturday at 8 a.m. The location is Aj's Llantera at 7740 W Indian School Rd #1.


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