Double tragedy: Family of woman killed in Bridgeport hit-and-run can't afford to fly her body home for burial
The death of a woman killed in a hit-and-run crash in Bridgeport has become a double tragedy for her family. On March 13, Kemesha Roberts Johnson was crossing Boston Avenue at Remington Street when a silver or gray Honda Civic plowed into her and never stopped. More than two weeks later, Roberts Johnson hasn't been buried because of the expense to her family in Jamaica.
"Her family would like to bring her remains back home," explained Roberts Johnson's employer Michele, who asked News 12 not to use her last name. "So, we've put together a GoFundMe page to try and help raise the funds so she can have the proper burial back home."
Roberts Johnson was a certified nursing assistant who spent the past two years as a live-in aid, taking care of a Trumbull woman with Alzheimer's disease.
"She loved my mom like it was her own mother--just so compassionate, loving," Michele said.
She told News 12 Roberts Johnson sent part of every paycheck home to her mom and siblings in Jamaica.
"You can't even describe what they're going through right now," Michele said.
"She was a daughter. She was a sister. She was a friend," said Roberts Johnson's co-worker and friend, Kiyesha, who asked to only be identified by her first name. "She gave so much to the people she cared about, you know? She gave so much never looking for anything in return."
Now Kiyesha and Michele are hoping that goodwill will be returned by the community with donations to the fundraising campaign.
"We just want so badly to do right by her and get her home," Michele said.
Bridgeport police told News 12 they are still actively investigating Roberts Johnson's death. No arrests have been announced yet.