Preschooler Recovering after Accident that Killed Mom

Ana Herrera Rodriguez, 39, was killed after pushing two girls out of the path of an SDG&E truck

By Dave Summers
|  Monday, Jan 27, 2014  |  Updated 11:18 PM PDT
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Neighbors Hold Vigil for Woman in SDG&E Crash

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Son Remembers Hero Mom

The family of a heroic mother run over and killed by an SDG&E utility truck speaks publicly for the first time since her death. NBC 7's Dave Summers sat down with the son of Anna Herrera Rodriguez for an exclusive interview.

Neighbors Hold Vigil for Woman in SDG&E Crash

Flowers candles and prayers for Anna Herrera Rodriguez and her family. Rodriguez was walking her daughter and a neighbor's child to preschool when the three were run over on Cottonwood Street in front of their homes. NBC 7's Dave Summers reports.
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Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon for Ana Herrera Rodriguez, the Shelltown mother who was hit and killed while walking her daughter and a neighbor to school last week

After four days in the hospital, Rodriguez's daughter, who was also injured in the accident, is home.

Five-year-old Anahi is restricted to a wheelchair, but it has not slowed her down. The little girl was pushed out of the way of an oncoming San Diego Gas and Electric Truck by her mother.

Anahi has a broken pelvis and leg. The little girl will spend at least six weeks in the chair but is expected to fully recover.

“She's getting better right now, but my father is the one that is struggling. But we're getting better,” Anahi’s brother Jose Rojas said.

Jose's father, also named Jose, stood with arms crossed and head down during Monday’s nightly vigil. Since his wife's death, family and friends pray the rosary every night at the sidewalk shrine.

“I see my family together and then when you wake up, you don't see part of your family,” Rojas said.

Rodriguez was crushed under the SDG&E utility truck in front of her home last Wednesday. She was walking Anahi and her 4-year-old neighbor, Jaslene Arias, to preschool.

The family says they’re still waiting for answers as to why the driver did not stop.

“They don't say nothing. They don't call us. We don't know anything,” Rojas said.

NBC 7 was first to report that investigators consider this a case of distracted driving. So far, no charges have been filed against the SDG&E employee.

While he was not injured, at last check, he was not yet back to work.

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