CHP raises funds for slain mom's children

ACTON, Calif. A check was presented to the children Thursday afternoon.

Rachel Darnell said she had just gotten home the night of Aug. 30 when she got the call.

Her mother, 43-year-old Missy Darnell, and Rachel Darnell's 10-year-old sister, Genevieve, had been struck and killed by a car while walking to a local convenience store.

Police said the 22-year-old driver was reaching for a bottle of water in the back seat when she accidently struck the victims.

"I don't think she's a bad person," said Olivia Darnell. "She made a mistake."

"I forgive her," Rachel Darnell added.

The loss has come too soon for the children. Their father, 47-year-old Kirk Darnell, died suddenly of a heart attack exactly eight months ago.

"They were all just coming around and starting to smile," said a friend of the family, Tina Stone. "Now this happens."

A fund has been created for public donations to the family:

Darnell Memorial Fund
Acct. 3130266046
Antelope Valley Bank, Acton branch
31924 Crown Valley Road
Acton, CA 93510

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