Friends fondly recall woman killed in accident
Denise (Roberts) Christian, or "Neecey" as many knew her by, was known for her unique smile and contagiously positive attitude.
"She was always bubbly and smiling. All the feedback I've gotten is that she always made people feel better," said Janis West, owner of Jackpot Food Mart in Colusa, where Christian worked for almost five years.
"People would say that they'd have the worst day ever and when they left here, after talking to her, they feel great," added Alder West, who worked with Christian.
The 55-year-old Colusa woman died Monday morning after being struck by a Ford pickup truck while crossing Market Street, near 12th Street.
Christian died of her injuries after leaving the scene of the accident, which occurred about 6:50 a.m., Colusa police Chief Ross Stark said. It was not clear if she died on her way to Enloe Medical Center, or at the Chico hospital, Ross said.
Christian was walking with another person across Market Street near the Les Schwab tire company at Market and 12th, Stark said.
Christian, who was in the lead, was struck while crossing the eastbound lane. Ross referred to it as an "unmarked crosswalk."
The man driving the truck, Timothy Cotrone, 44, of Colusa, told police he did not see Christian before he hit her with the front bumper of his truck while driving east on Market Street, Ross said.
Christian was treated at the scene by Enloe medics and was transported by helicopter to the medical center.
Stark said no arrest has been made, and at this point, alcohol and drugs are not considered to be factors, but the investigation will continue.
The early morning sunrise may have played a part, police said.
Jackpot has erected a memorial to Christian, with a large poster board for customers and friends to write a message about the woman.
The messages reflect her popularity in the small community.
"We love you and will miss you — from everyone at Tocosel Amigo," reads one message.
"I love you always, you always knew how to brighten my day with your beautiful smile," says another.
Jackpot's Facebook page is filled with similar remembrances and appreciation, with almost 100 comments.
Jackpot is accepting donations for the family.