Vigil held for 18-year-old killed in Hamilton hit-skip

HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - Loved ones gathered on Saturday to remember an 18-year-old who was hit and killed by a suspected drunk driver on Thursday.

More than 50 people attended the candlelight vigil. Friends brought balloons and posters remembering Allison Reyes Castillo.

Steven James Rogers, 59, hit two women as they walked across Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Pershing Avenue.

"She didn't deserve that," Glenda Hicks said. "I don't know how you couldn't see her, a man and another woman and a baby pushed in a stroller walking across the street."

Rogers has been arrested 75 times since 2005, mostly for driving with a suspended license, court documents show.

"Absolutely no way he should be on this road at all. Not a bit. He shouldn't be out. He's been a menace to the roadways his entire adult life," Police Sgt. Brian Robinson said.

The second woman was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and is in serious condition.

"She was there through everything," Jasmine Brandenburg recalled. "I talked to her through every life situation I had and she did that through everything. Her heart was just gold."

You can make donations at the Brown Dawson Funeral Home.

Rogers remains in the Butler County Jail.

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