SAGINAW COUNTY (WJRT) (2/7/2019) - A Merrill family is still coming to grips with an unspeakable loss after 50-year-old Andrew Rosas died while moving his daughter's dead cat off M-46 early Tuesday.
While police continue to investigate, his wife is hoping her family will get justice.
The accident happened in front of his house. While Rosas was moving the cat so his daughter Olivia wouldn't have to see it, a woman driving a Chevrolet Impala west on M-46 didn't see him in the road and hit him.
"He had a heart of gold," said Rosas' wife, Jennifer. "Anybody who knew him loved him and he treated me and my daughter like a queen."
It was dark around 6:30 a.m. Jennifer watched from the porch as one car drove around her husband, but a second car did not.
"All I can picture is I am standing right here and she just barreled right through and ran him over right there," Jennifer said.
She admits it was dark but still believes the driver of the car, who is a 32-year-old woman from Merrill, should have seen her husband.
"He is standing with a shovel in his hand, holding up underneath the light," Jennifer said. "I don't care if he had a black jacket on, he had on blue jeans, it's neglect."
The Saginaw County Sheriff's Office is investigating and waiting for results from the car's electronic recorder to determine how fast the car was going. Jennifer said the speed limit is 40 mph on that part of M-46 in Merrill.
The family was already grieving because Andrew's mother had just passed away last Thursday.
"He just lost his mom on my birthday," Jennifer said.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family. She said the kindness from people in the Merrill area has been overwhelming.
"The community here is wonderful, just hearing the people messages on Facebook, people offering their funeral plots," Jennifer said.
They had been married for 17 years. Andrew will be laid to rest on Monday.
"Nothing can bring him back," Jennifer said. "She took my world away."