There was a massive outpouring of love for a young Bakersfield woman killed over the weekend while riding her motorcycle. People gathered at the corner of Jewetta Avenue and Reina Road Sunday night to remember 20-year-old Charla Wilkins.
Wilkins, an avid motorcyclist, died after she was rear-ended at the intersection Saturday night. Among those in attendance were members of local motorcycle groups, friends, and family.
"No matter what she was going through she always had that big smile on her face," said her twin brother Shawn Wilkins. "Before work every day she said, 'be safe, I love you.'"
"I always called her mother hen because she was like my mom, she really was," said brother Johnny Wilkins. "Growing up, she'd get onto us, she would tell us when we were doing wrong."
The driver who struck Wilkins is identified as Anna Marie Reynosa, also 20. Police say neither drugs nor alcohol appear to be factors in the crash and is still under investigation.
The family says police told them the driver who hit Charla was texting and never hit her brakes.