‘Everything to everybody’: Family, friends remember Pasco woman killed in suspected DUI crash
PASCO, Wash — Friends and family said they will remember Bonnie Stewart as an “amazing mother and person with a kindred spirit and a heart of gold who would do anything for anybody.”
The 51-year-old from Pasco was struck and killed early Saturday morning while she was on the job as a flagger, according to Washington State Patrol.
The accident occurred around 1:30 a.m. in a construction work zone on SR 823 near Selah, officials said.
Bonnie’s mother, Susan Carpenter, said she was woken at 5:30 a.m.; just hours after the crash by police knocking at her door.
“I was sleeping when the cops came,” Carpenter said. “I saw Bonnie that Friday before 2 p.m. in the afternoon. I dropped some food off for her.”
It was a homemade Vietnamese dish, one of Bonnie’s favorite kinds of food.
“I bring her food and she says that’s good Mom, thank you, I love you,” Carpenter said.
When she answered the door, it didn’t even occur to her that a tragedy happened.
“I was just asking ‘Is everyone okay?'” Carpenter said.
Alisha Blakley, Bonnie’s best friend of nearly 30 years, said she got the call from Bonnie’s youngest son, Adam.
“I was just cooking breakfast when I received a message from her son from her phone that said my mom’s been in an accident,” Blakley said. “I hit my knees and I screamed ‘My Bonnie’s dead.’ One split second changed so many lives forever.”
Now Blakley is asking the community to “slow down” and make smart driving decisions.
“You’re in your car and they’re on the roads. Give them a break, they’re just doing their job,” Blakley said. “She was a good mother, daughter, aunt, and friend. She was everything to everybody.”
Officials said that drugs or alcohol was a factor in the crash. Two others were injured in the crash and were transported to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital.
“You make a choice to drive while you’re drinking and my friend is dead because of a poor choice,” Blakley said. “She loved everybody and she is missed,” Blakley said.
Carpenter added that before someone drinks, they need to put the key away.
“Don’t get in the car to take somebody away like my daughter from me,” Carpenter said.
Officials said charges are currently pending against the 21-year-old woman suspected of driving under the influence.
A GoFundMe to help with funeral expenses can be found here.
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