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Family of Killed Pedestrian Speaks

MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) The family of a pedestrian killed by a suspected drunk driver  is drawing attention to another traffic issue following the death of a loved one.

Juanita "Nita" Wheat, 60, died after she was struck by a vehicle in front of her Summerville Street home Halloween night.

Police arrested Celsetine Perryman, 40, at the scene. Friday night, she remained in Metro Jail charged with vehicular homicide.

"Nita" was known as the matriarch of her family.

"She loved the children," cousin Stephanie Wheat said, "If you did something wrong, she didn't mind saying it."

She said the hardest part about describing her cousin is using the word "was".

"It's not only a loss for her children and grandchildren, it's a loss for all of us."

Stephanie Wheat said the loss is even bigger considering the family previously lost another relative to a drunk driver. "So much tragedy, you know, we just take it one day at a time and just try to be that support," she said.

While alcohol is a factor in Wheat's death, her family said speed along Summerville Street is an ongoing problem.

Pedestrians have no sidewalk along the narrow street that has little light when the sun goes down.

"They fly," she exclaimed. The Wheat family wants drivers who use the road to slow down and think of the woman who lived there and died there.

Perryman is due in court November 5.
 
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