Created: 05/20/2014 10:13 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Fatal pedestrian accidents are caused by a variety of reasons. Sometimes a pedestrian walks into traffic; other times, a driver isn't paying attention. The family of James Frank doesn't know exactly what happened the night two cars hit him, but they do know how it feels to lose someone in an accident.
The Frank family lost him unexpectedly and is now faced with emotional pain and a financial hurdle to cover his funeral. If you would like to donate, go to New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union and look for "James Frank Memorial," account number 4369920.
Frank's family remembers him as a loving father.
"He was funny. He liked to joke around. He did a lot of stuff with us, with all of the kids growing up," Cassandra Frank said.
But on May 1, police say the man who liked to fish and hike the Sandia Mountains walked across the street near Menaul and Moon without a crosswalk. They say one car clipped him and another ran him over, but neither vehicle stopped and no one came forward.
"I just want answers, that's all I want… and for the person to step up to the plate and whether they did it intentionally or whether it's just an accident... I just want some kind of closure," Cassandra Frank said.
James Frank seemed to be recovering in the hospital, but then he died unexpectedly two weeks later.
"My heart just broke into pieces. For all of us, for the whole family, it was just unexpected," Amanda Frank said.
The Franks aren't the only ones to know that heartbreak. A study by the National Complete Streets Coalition says between 2003 and 2010, three in every 100,000 New Mexicans was killed in a pedestrian traffic accident. The study says children and adults over 65 were most vulnerable, and that vehicle speed and street design were major factors.
The Frank family is holding fundraisers to handle unexpected expenses.