8-year-old girl says grandma is her ‘guardian angel’

Posted at 9:50 PM, May 19, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-20 15:02:54-04

OGDEN, Utah -- A candlelight vigil was held in Ogden Monday night for a grandma who was hit and killed by a vehicle outside her Harrisville Road home over the weekend.

The victim, Leona Cole, was crossing Harrisville Road with her 8-year-old granddaughter Precious Cole when the car struck her. Cole, 48, died at the hospital. Precious, however, was pushed to safety by Leona.

"I heard the car, the engine going vroom, that's all I heard" Precious said. "She saved my life from the car because she pushed me out of the way -- I love her with all of my heart."

Precious suffered scrapes and bruises on her arm, back, legs and feet.

Unable to go to school, the school came to Precious, as her Heritage Elementary School principal dropped off dozens of get well cards.

Precious' parents say it's not her arms and legs they are worried about, it's her heart. On Monday, all of Leona's grandchildren helped build a memorial, consisting of candles, flowers and balloons.

"I love her so much, I love her as much as I love my mom and dad," said Precious, who now calls her grandma her guardian angel.

As for the driver in this case he has not been charged with anything. Police say the driver told them he did not see the two in the roadway. Police also say they don't believe drugs or alcohol were involved.

Precious' parents say they think more safety measures need to be taken along Harrisville Road. They recommend a crosswalk, more lighting and a reduced speed limit.

According to Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell, the city is taking this fatality very serious. He said the investigation is ongoing and when complete they will decide if any safety enhancements may be required.

Ultimately it will be up to Utah Department of Transportation to make any such improvements. UDOT said they are waiting to hear back from the city before any decisions are made.