“This may be the hardest thing I've ever done,” Marilyn Hester says.
For Hester, the loss of Marsha Hester, her 12-year-old granddaughter, is unbearable.
“The paramedics, the coroner was still there, Marsha's body was still there it was pretty rough,” she says.
Hester was walking home from school down a snowy street in Akron Thursday when she was hit by a tanker truck headed to the Distillata bottling plant up the street. The driver stopped, and called 911
“If it made sense and there weren't so many rumors about what happened to Marsha it might be easier to take you know,” Hester says.
Rumors, about how Marsha ended up in the road are being spread throughout the community.
But investigators say it was just a tragic accident.
Friday, the family is choosing not to dwell on her death but remember how her short life was lived.
About a month ago Marsha was baptized with her mother at her church.
Funeral arrangements aren't made yet but the family has set up a memorial fund at First Merit Bank.
The "Marsha Hester Memorial Fund" will help pay for funeral expenses.