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PEORIA (WEEK) -- Days after Cherish Coleman died in a fatal car crash, her family explained she was on her way to celebrate the life of her grandma with her family before the accident.

"They told me she didn't make it. And I'm like, 'Wow she was on her way to see me,'" said Cherish Coleman's mother, Kimberly Coleman.

Kimberly had just gotten off the phone with her daughter on Friday. Cherish Coleman told her mother she was on Western Avenue, on her way to be with her family.

This would be the last time Kimberly Coleman spoke with her daughter before shew as hit and killed by a suspected drunk driver in Peoria's West Bluff.

"Cherish was a beautiful soul, that's all I can say about my baby," said Kimberly Coleman.

Cherish Coleman's death came just nine months after her sister's, Keishana Currie. Currie was found fatally shot in a car in May of 2020.

She left behind several siblings and three children.

"We talked about getting old, turning gray together. We didn't talk about, 'Oh I'm going to be planning your funeral,' no," said Kianna Cotton, Cherish Coleman's sister.

The family said they were angry knowing the person accused for doing this to Cherish Coleman had been arrested previously for driving under the influence.

"Why is she still driving? Why was she able to take my baby from me? They failed me. And I want justice," said Kimberly Coleman.

Even with her anger, Kimberly Coleman said her faith has helped her forgive the suspect, Diana Schick.

"You take something precious from me with your silly self, but I still love you and I forgive you for that," said Kimberly Coleman.

Now the family wants to see the accused be held responsible for their actions.

"I just want justice for my sister. Serious time, no slaps on the wrist," said Rakea Johnson, Cherish Coleman's sister.

Schick is scheduled to be in court February 16, 2021.

The funeral for Cherish Coleman is scheduled for February 23, 2021 at the Simons Mortuary in Peoria. To help the family in funeral expenses visit their GoFundMe.

Paige Blanzy

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