SAN DIEGO – Family, friends and strangers gathered Tuesday night to hold a candlelight vigil in memory of a pregnant mother who was killed in a crash on Mother’s Day.
Around 100 people gathered to remember Ramona resident Jessica Foderingham, 29, in a field across from the site of the collision.
The mother of two was driving a Dodge Dart near Arena Drive in Ramona around 6:45 p.m. when she was rear-ended by a suspected drunk driver. The impact from the Yukon pickup truck sent her car veering into a center median, where it struck a tree.
Foderingham's husband Christian Fondo was driving in front of her. The two were on their way to the home of her grandmother, one block from the crash.
Foderingham and her unborn daughter -- the couple's first child together -- were pronounced dead at a hospital.
"I'm only 23. I was just still learning how to be a dad. I was learning how to be a husband," Fondo told FOX 5. "My boys seen me drag my wife. I had to take her. She was blue in the face."
At the vigil, Fondo spoke to the crowd for 45 minutes about his grief and his love for his wife and unborn child.
"They said the trauma was so great, there was no way she would survive. My baby girl had no chance," Fondo said.
The driver of the pickup, 44-year-old Andrew Dorian Milonis, reportedly sped away from the crash and was later arrested at a nearby bar. He's been booked on suspicion of DUI, vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run.
"I want him buried under that prison," Fondo said of the driver.
Fondo also had a message for anyone grateful for the love they have in their lives.
"Love and cherish your loved ones because you never know when they can be taken from you," Fondo said.