Vigil held for woman struck, killed by driver in southwest Charlotte over the weekend

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Family and friends are joining together Thursday night to remember the life of a young woman who was hit by a car over the weekend.  

22-year-old Breondra Newman was killed over in southwest Charlotte after she was struck by a driver. 

“The vigil tonight is just to honor Breondra Newman. She was only 22 years old. Of course she went to Harding High School. She was in school and worked downtown as well," family spokesperson John Smith said. 

Newman graduated from Harding High School.

"A lot of us cheered together, we played soccer together, prom graduation, everything," a high school classmate told FOX 46. 

Friends honored her by wearing sweatshirt's printed with pictures from prom and graduation-- memories of the 22-year-old whose life was cut short.

"Very bright, beautiful young girl, had everything going for her," her nephew said.     

Days after Newman was struck and killed, her family is still searching for answers. 

"If one of those drivers would have stopped and rendered aid would she still be here?" family attorney Charles Everage questioned. 

According to police, early Saturday morning they found Newman, her disabled car and two other people she was with in the middle of the street on Westinghouse Boulevard near the intersection of South Tryon Street. 

A tow truck was requested and the two other people were driven home by officers. 

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Police say Newman chose to remain on scene, going back and forth from the gas station while waiting on the tow truck.

After the car was removed, police went to look for Newman before getting a call that she had been hit. 

"I just hope you are resting peacefully," a friend said through tears. 

Everage tells FOX 46 one of the drivers who hit Newman left the scene and called 911 from his home.

CMPD confirmed, but adds the driver said didn't realize he hit someone until he saw damage to his car at home. That's when he called 911 and returned to the scene.

While the family waits for closure, Smith says tonight's vigil is about honoring the young woman they lost.

"You've taught us to just be better women in memory of you."

Newman's funeral is set for Saturday at Little Rock AME Zion Church.