MILWAUKEE -- A family hard hit by tragedy speaks out. Those who know and love the young woman killed by a hit and run driver in the Marquette Interchange late Monday night, June 6th are ready to talk about the tragedy.
23-year-old Bailey Hallio will be memorialized next Wednesday. Today, her family gathered to talk about Bailey and what they want the public to know about what happened.
An artistic, free spirit, who cared deeply about the homeless and feeding the hungry. That is how relatives describe Hallio.
"I was the first one by her. I held her little fingers," said Auala Sefo Jr.
Auala Sefo Jr. tried to grab her from the center lanes of the Marquette Interchange Monday night. Just before he reached her, an SUV struck her.
The family says reports of Hallio dancing on the freeway are not true.
"She was just confused. She was scared. She looked lost. She didn't know where she was," said Sefo Jr.
Hallio was her mother's only child. But Friday, a large extended family joined her parents. That family now includes the man who tried to save her.
Hallio was an artist by trade and by passion, who attended the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. A graphic designer and administrative assistant at her mother's company, Rams Construction. She designed the company logo with her won hand print in the center.
Hallio's artwork graces the company's walls. The company was just awarded the bid to start the earth moving and groundbreaking for the Milwaukee arena project.
"My cousin Bailey was an artistic spirit is the best way I can describe," said Africa Lucas, Hallio's cousin.
The family asks people not speculate before the investigation brings answers to many questions.
"There's speculation as to how Bailey ended up on the freeway and our answer to that is we do not know. We would also like the public to know that we are right now seeking a separate investigation, separate than the accident as to why Bailey ended up on that freeway," said Lucas.
There is still no word on whether charges will be issued to the SUV driver who hit the young woman.
Bailey's funeral will be on Wednesday, June 15th at Krause Funeral Home in Brookfield. The family is asking people to wear white or bright colors, the colors Bailey loved.