Police control crowd at candlelight vigil
Updated On: Apr 30 2014 06:26:50 PM CDT
The candlelight vigil for Hayley Riggins Tuesday evening turned chaotic, and Redding police was called to control the situation.
The evening started off as planned, hundreds gathered at the intersection of Buenaventura Boulevard and Placer Street in Redding where 27-year-old Hayley Riggins had her motorcycle accident last Thursday.
Police say 53-year-old Virginia Anderson ran a red light and admitted to being on prescription medication, marijuana and methamphetamine. Anderson and Riggins collided in the intersection. Riggins has been on life support since the accident.
Friends, family, as well as those who were touched by her story showed up to light a candle in her honor at the vigil.
“Hayley is loved by many as you can see and she’s touched a lot of people all cross the world,” said family friend Mark Crowell.
Then around 8 p.m.it took a different turn. Motorcycle riders, some who rode with Hayley before, went into the intersection to burnout in her memory. The riders momentarily blocked the intersection to oncoming traffic during their tribute.
“They made a statement for Hayley, they were saying goodbye to Hayley,” said Crowell.
But Redding Police say it's reckless driving, endangering everyone nearby. Extra officers were called to the scene from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Department and California Highway Patrol.
The crowd, yelling and chanting in Riggins support also needed control from officers who wanted to keep everyone safe.
People were trying to keep the focus of the candlelight vigil, where many were also calling for justice for Riggins.
“Twelve people, twelve of these ladies peers to sentence her to life in prison, a life of a life,” said Crowell.
Family members say Riggins will be pulled off life support Wednesday. Her organs will be donated.
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