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It's tough enough during these harsh economic times and Christmas quickly approaching, but few could imagine the pain and suffering endured by the Kelly family who lost their daughter in a fatal hit and run accident in Buena Park on Dec. 4.
"Our Christmas will not be a normal one," Ivory Joe Kelly, 58, of Los Angeles solemnly stated as he made the final funeral arrangements for his youngest daughter, Isis Jennifer Sue Kelly.
Isis, a 2002 graduate of Manual Arts High School, was in Buena Park to visit some friends and while crossing on Beach Blvd. at approximately 5:30 p.m. on that tragic day, she was run over by a 1997 F150 Ford pick-up truck.
As driver Salvador S. Perez fled the scene, Isis was struck again by a 1993 Dodge Caravan, according to Buena Park Police documents.
Isis died at the scene and it wasn't until the following day that Perez decided to turn himself into police for arrest where he was booked on felony hit-and-run charges, posted $50,000 bail and was released.
When Ivory was asked to identify his daughter, he could not recognize her without discovering the California identification card in her pocket. He would not allow other family members to know what had happened to the daughter who brought all of the joys to his family of nine children.
Her funeral was held on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at City of Refuge Church in Los Angeles, but the plight of case number 08-50240 is far from being resolved.
Ivory and his family have being straining to obtain information about the case from the Buena Park Police Department which on Dec. 16 said that it was referred to the Orange County District Attorney office, according to, Lt. Gary Worral.
However, a spokesperson for the DA said there was no record of the case being filed.
"It's been frustrating just trying to find out what is going on and often we're treated like we are the suspect instead of the victim," Ivory told the Sentinel.
Perez of Stanton, CA, has not made any attempts to reach the family and offer any condolences.
"That's one of the really sad aspects to the situation; that we have to depend on television news for any information that we get and he would not even call and say that he is sorry," added Angela Kelly, sister of the victim.
Angela said that she last spoke with her sister Isis about a month ago and on the day she was killed, she received the tragic news on her cell phone when another sister, Alice Kelly-Vinson, called her at about 8:30 p.m.
"I was leaving a basketball game with my daughter in Hawthorne when Alice told me that police from Buena Park had called and said that Isis was involved in a traffic accident and had died. I just screamed and cried and hoped that I could reverse it, but I could not," Angela concluded.
Several calls to the Buena Park traffic division went unanswered and no calls were returned as of press time.
Ivory indicated that he will retain an attorney in search for answers and perhaps even some closure.
In the meantime, what was expected to be a joyous holiday season when all of his children and 11 grandchildren come together, will instead be a time for grieving the loss of the one responsible for most of the joy.