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Vigil for Lakeside woman killed in crash

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - On Sunday, Kimberly Eakin was hit and killed on Woodside Avenue at Riverview Sunday when she was walking to her mother's home.

Eakin was on her way to her mother's home where she helped take care of her when a driver swerved off the road and hit her with his SUV.

Joel Joseph Silva, 33 of Julian, somehow allowed his 2015 Toyota Rav4 to drift onto the shoulder of westbound Woodside Avenue near Riverview Avenue where it 34-year-old Kimberly Eakin, then a metal pole, a light standard and a gate shortly before 5 p.m. Sunday, according to California Highway Patrol.

Silva was arrested on suspicion of DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter in the death Kimberly Eakin, who died at the scene of the crash on Woodside Avenue in Lakeside, according to the county Medical Examiner's Office.

Authorities say the driver, 33-year-old Silva, may have been under the influence of at least one prescription drug at the time of the accident and may have fallen asleep behind the wheel. Investigators found several medication bottles inside his SUV, Pearlstein said.

Kimberly's mother attended Wednesday night's vigil with mixed emotions - shock and anger.

"First I want justice. I feel nothing but anger right now. I hope someday I will understand. I hope someday to forgive," said Kimberly's mother, Nancy Eakin.

Friends hope to keep Kimberly's memory alive. During Wednesday night's vigil, they decorated the fence with pictures, flowers and candles where Kimberly's life ended.

"She was full of life. She was caring and trusting. Everybody around her loved her. She had so many friends. That was all taken away from us. She didn't deserve to go that way," said Kimberly's friend, David Grabowski.

Kimberly's funeral is Friday night at 7 p.m., at the Church of Compassion in El Cajon.

Her friends exceeded their goal on Go Fund Me for funeral expenses, but they said additional money will be donated to Mothers Against Drunk Diving.

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