Family remembers 15-year-old girl killed by a truck in Oildale


At a vigil Monday night near the scene of a crash, a somber birthday song was sung for a 15-year-old who never got the chance to turn 16.

Erica Faith Truman was killed Saturday night by a pickup truck. 

“I know it in my head that she’s gone, but I haven’t really processed it through my heart,” said Erica’s sister Natalle Truman.

She was crossing Decatur St. in the crosswalk against a red hand signal when she was hit according to Highway Patrol.

The truck driving along North Chester had a green light. 

Natalle Truman, affectionately called her a wild child.

“She was like a lively person, she wanted to do what she wanted to do, anybody who really told her she couldn’t do it, she would do it anyway,” said Truman.

But that led to a recent life of uncertainty. 

“She was not living at home, I really don’t know where she was living…I got to talk to her whenever she came to the house sometimes or whenever she was across the street visiting a friend. She would text me from time to time asking me to come bring her stuff or if she needed a ride or just needed to talk,” said Truman.

At Erica’s birthday party memorial, her mother Tabitha cried as candles were lit. 

As friends and family shared memories.

“She was more than a friend, she was more than a cousin, she was more like a little sister, and I will never forget her,” said one relative. 

Nine hours after that deadly collision, officers arrested Herbert Mallory Junior on suspicion of felony hit and run. 

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