OAKLAND -- Felicha Ward was a fixture in the West Oakland neighborhood where four generations of her family lived. Now, neighbors and friends are raising money to help support the five children she left behind when she was killed in a hit-and-run car collision Saturday.
Ward, 38, her husband, Corey Singleton, 43, and a 33-year-old man were in a Toyota Camry stopped at a signal at 98th and Plymouth avenues about 11:20 a.m. Saturday, when a speeding SUV broadsided their car in East Oakland, killing Ward and seriously injuring the other two.
Ward was sitting in the front seat and killed upon impact, police said. Singleton was hospitalized with severe injuries but released Monday night. The other man's name and condition were not released.
Ward was a home health care worker, a mother of five children between ages 12 and 20, and a devoted friend and neighbor.
"She had a great sense of humor," said Carol Jones, who knew Ward for 20 years and runs the More Foundation, which is leading the effort to raise money for her funeral. "She was full of life. She brought the life to the party and everybody loved her -- from the people on the street to the corner store workers."
Ward's sister was not available for comment Tuesday but told television reporters earlier this week that her sister was "my best friend, my everything."
"Whoever did it, just come and turn yourself in. That's the worst tragedy we ever had. Getting hit and just leaving the scene -- that's not right," said Delinda Hodges, Ward's sister.
Police said a white pickup truck going northbound on 98th Avenue drove through a red light, narrowly missing the Toyota. But a maroon Ford Expedition that was also speeding northbound on 98th also went through the red light, hitting the passenger side of the Toyota.
Both drivers did not stop.
Jones said she heard the SUV was drag racing with another vehicle when the Camry was hit. Police have not confirmed that and continue to investigate. Up to $10,000 in reward money is being offered for information leading to the arrest of those responsible.
The reward for information is being offered by police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland. Anyone with information is asked to call traffic investigators at 510-777-8570.
Starting at 2 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday, the More Foundation is selling $15 dinners of ribs, chicken, side dishes, soda and cake to help raise money for Ward's burial and for her children. The dinners are being sold starting at 2 p.m. until the food runs out at the corner of 24th and Chestnut streets in Oakland. Money can also be donated to an account at Wells Fargo. The account number is 1495067785. Funeral arrangements are pending.