Young mother to be removed from life support
Updated On: Apr 28 2014 09:00:00 PM CDT
On Monday the family of Hayley Riggins said she will not survive from her brain injuries and will be taken off life support.
She is expected to be taken off this week.
Riggins suffered severe injuries when she was riding her motorcycle and collided with 53-year-old Virginia Anderson at the intersection of Buenaventura Boulevard and Placer Street in Redding.
The crash happened Thursday around 1 p.m.
Officers on scene said Anderson ran a red light and admitted to being under the influence of prescription drugs, marijuana and methamphetamine.
Since the crash 27-year-old Riggins has been in the hospital on life support.
Her family and friends sending their prayers and calling her a fighter but now her family said she has a new role.
"Somebody said it the other night in the hospital it was perfect 'Why is God taking our angel?' Because her angel has to be somewhere else right now, and she'll be a great angel," said Mark Crowell.
Crowell said he is close with the family and identifies himself as Riggins' uncle.
The young mother's organs will be donated so her legacy and memory can live on.
Crowell said Riggins, adored by many, loved spending time outdoors, camping, riding quads and helping animals.
"Most of all she loved her daughter. Unfortunately her daughter is not going to have a mother to grow up with," Crowell said.
But Riggins' nine-month-old daughter will have the love of her family who Crowell said is overwhelmed by the amount of support from the community during this troubling time.
"And generosity greatly appreciated from them, everyone who has supported us through this ordeal and bringing food up for us is great."
Crowell said it's heartbreaking to see a life be taken too soon and wants people to understand the risks they take when they get behind the wheel, whether it's texting, drinking, or drugs, it's not worth it.
"We all have decisions. If we all go out and decide to go drinking think about not just yourself. Think about the other people on the road and how we can effect and change the path of someone else's life. Not just one but the whole family."
The suspect, Virginia Anderson, was released from jail last week on bail.
She was arrested for DUI with great bodily injury.
Officials at the Shasta County District Attorney's Office said they have not received a report yet but when a death certificate is issued Anderson's charges will most likely change but they are still waiting on toxicology reports.
They can range from gross vehicular manslaughter to potentially murder.
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