Chandler community gathers to support family after mother of 2 is killed in pedestrian crash

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It’s been almost a month since a driver hit and killed a 35-year-old mother and injured her two children.
 
We have learned both children are at home recovering; and today people gathered at a Chandler restaurant to help raise money for the surviving family.
 
And we heard from family members for the first time.
 
Photos of the Hessellbacher family were on display throughout Modern Margarita in downtown Chandler this afternoon.
 
“Now she would be so proud to see all the people supporting her family and her kids.” 
 
This community came together today to remember and support loving mother and wife, 31-year-old Pamela Hesselbacher.
 
“I can tell that she was so proud of her family and she loved her kids.” 
 
On the evening of November 12, her routine walk with her 2- and 3-year-old kids would sadly be her last. 
 
Pamela and her kids were in the crosswalk at Ray Road and College Avenue, just a few blocks from home, when 39-year-old William Epperlein drove through the red light and hit all three of them. 
 
Pamela died at the hospital. 
 
Her kids were seriously hurt. 
 
Police say Epperlein shouldn't have been behind the wheel. He had a suspended license for a DUI. 
 
Nearly one month after the accident, support continues to pour in from the community.
 
“So we wanted to take part in being part of the community and taking care of the family and I mean we just want to be there for one another.”
 
Dozens gathered at Modern Margarita throughout the day fundraising for the Hesselbacher family. 
 
“It’s been an amazing turn out rally from the community.” 
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