READING, Pa. - Family members are relieved to know that police nabbed a man accused of hitting and killing their loved one with a car and then taking off.
"Tears of joy just came out of my eyes," said Liliana Otero, sister of the victim, Amy Otero. "I was so happy, relieved, because he can't hurt nobody no more."
Authorities arrested Daniel Espinal of Birdsboro in Harrisburg on Tuesday. They said he was driving the car that hit Amy Otero on the Fifth Street Highway in Muhlenberg Township in June.
Liliana Otero and her fiance, Heriberto Soto, said the whole family has been anxious for an arrest.
"The emotions just go up and down; it's a battle," Soto explained.
While the news has brought some level of closure, Liliana Otero said it's also stirred up plenty of emotions, especially for her sister's 8-year-old son, who now lives with Liliana and Heriberto.
"This morning, he had another breakdown," Liliana said. "He said I don't want mommy to be in heaven. I want her to be here."
Liliana said the family is working to focus on the good memories and the legacy her sister leaves behind.
"I was like, 'Well, don't worry. Mommy's always looking out for you. She's an angel,'" Liliana said.
Family members are grateful for all of the many tips that led to the arrest.
"We want to thank the community, social media and everybody out there, even from out of state of Pennsylvania, who were sharing every post," Heriberto said.
"All we want is justice now," Liliana added.
Espinal was committed to the Berks County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bail. He's charged with accidents involving death or injury while not licensed, careless driving and other offenses.
Liliana doesn't think Espinal should be eligible for bail.
"What justice is that to my sister?" Liliana said. "It's not fair, and not only for what he did for my sister, but he could do that to somebody else."