Family, friends gather to remember mother killed while crossing street in Tioga-Nicetown

As a bundle of purple and white balloons floated up into the night sky, tears fell down the faces of many at 16th Street and Hunting Park Avenue in Philadelphia's Tioga-Nicetown section on Wednesday.

Heartache brought on by the memory of the tragedy that unfolded at the scene nearly a week ago.

It was Friday evening when Khalilah Plowden, "Lil," as she was known to her friends, and her fiancé, Ray Hooks, were struck by a driver as they crossed the road.

Family said the couple was on their way to a relative's birthday party.



Action News was there as police investigated the harrowing scene. Debris was scattered on the road, and a car with a broken windshield and damage to the front bumper.

Police say both victims were rushed to the hospital, Plowden died from her injuries.

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Woman killed, man injured crossing Tioga-Nicetown street: as seen on Action News Mornings, October 19, 2019.



The lone driver stayed on the scene after the collision, and, at the moment, is not facing any charges, according to authorities.

"She's just a wonderful person. She was just the best person you can ever be with," said uncle Steven Plowden.

Grieving family members said they don't want her death to be in vain.



"We all decided to gather here in memory of her and in hopes to advocate for getting some speed cushions put out on Hunting Park because it's very dangerous," said cousin Stephanie Blakeney.

Plowden leaves behind three children.

Her 11-year-old, Safee, briefly spoke at the vigil.

"I'm thankful for everybody that's here. I appreciate the concern and love," he said.



"Everybody out here loves you and is here for you," said a relative.

Family said Plowden's fiancé is still recovering after the surgery.

The investigation in the crash is ongoing.
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