'She kept us united': Family remembers jogger killed by alleged intoxicated driver

Family and friends came together to mourn the loss of Martha Hilts, the jogger who was hit by a suspected drunk driver early Thursday.

PHOENIX, Ariz.- The family of a jogger fatally struck by an alleged intoxicated driver Thursday morning is speaking out exclusively to 12 News.

Police have identified the victim as Martha Hilts, 36, an Ahwatukee resident.

“I’m still in disbelief about what happened," Rafael Santiago, Martha’s brother, said.

Her Mother, Adela Sanchez, also couldn’t believe her daughter was gone.

“I’m still hoping for a miracle,” she said.

Martha is the mother of a 12-year-old girl and 8-year-old boy. Her husband asked for privacy as they cope with their loss.

However, Hilts’ brother and mother said they want to focus on remembering how sweet she was.

“She kept us united,” Santiago said.

Martha was jogging at around 4:30 a.m. when a vehicle, driven by Shannon Scott, 25, went on the sidewalk and hit her. Police believe Scott was intoxicated.

“If she’s going to jail for this happening, I hope she finds God and asks for forgiveness so that she can be saved,” Santiago, who is relying on his Christian faith to deal with his sister’s death, said.

Scott is facing criminal charges for manslaughter. 

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