So many of us can relate to the dreams Donna Fountain held so close. She wanted to own a house. She wanted to fall in love. She wanted to see her son go to college.
On Christmas morning, Fountain was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver as she headed to the early shift of her job as a health attendant. After work, she was planning to go and open presents with her son, Elijah.
Instead, police say they found the single mother dying of her injuries on the side of a Brooklyn road. In her pocket was a crumpled, hand-written list of dreams.
- Work on my dream job
- Buy a house by 45
- Start housing for gay + lesbian teens
- Marry the woman of my dreams
- Make sure Elijah graduates from college!
A neighbor told CBS New York Donna carried that note with her everywhere she went. Friends and family say Fountain, 38, was just the type of woman to dream – not just for herself, but for others as well.
“She’s a very good woman,” neighbor Jose Morales said. “I hope God’s got her in heaven. I know she is because she’s very, very good.”
Police are investigating and hope traffic cameras will help identify the driver who robbed Fountain of her dreams, and who robbed an eight-year-old boy of the mother who quite obviously cared so much for him.
“She gave everything she had to her son and worked so hard for him,” said friend Dena Bavghems. “She was all about making her dreams come true. Nothing could have stopped her except this.”