FAIRFIELD — Siara Biddle, 23, smiled brightly back at her friends and family.
Dozens who loved Biddle stood around photos of her happy face during a vigil Friday, clutching candles in their hands, trying to come to grips with their loss.
Biddle and three others were killed in a two-vehicle car accident New Year’s Eve on Highway 12.
All four were victims in a crash that left a 2002 Hyundai upside-down in a ditch and a 2012 Toyota straddling the lanes of Highway 12 just east of the Sacramento/San Joaquin county line. Both cars had major damage consistent with a head-on collision.
Biddle, of Fairfield, drove the Hyundai. Her passengers were Tierra M. Anderson, 28, and Raphael A. Hill, 31, both of Fairfield, according to the Lodi News-Sentinel newspaper, citing the California Highway Patrol. The driver of the Toyota was Razek Azizi, 42, of Tracy.
Biddle was a pregnant mother of two, a sister, a twin, a daughter and a friend to many.
Her friends and family gathered at Laurel Creek Park to share a few words and good memories about Biddle.
Her sister Kia Biddle kept calm and composed until it came time to speak about her sister — the vigil was the first time she’s broken down since she first heard of her sister’s passing.
“My sister was a beautiful person,” she said. “She touched so many people’s lives.”
Siara Biddle’s close friend Gysele Pearson tried to sing a song in honor of her friend, but before she could start, Pearson was overcome with tears. Friends standing by helped her get through her song.
“She was a sister to me,” Pearson said. “When I heard about her passing it hurt my heart so badly, because I never got to say goodbye.”
Her loved ones got to say goodbye at the vigil in their own way, some sharing memories of a woman they remember fondly, others with private notes on balloons.
They later released those balloons: 23 of them, representing the 23 years Siara Biddle lived.
Days before the vigil, friends a family stood collected donations to help fund the funeral for the family. They raised most of the funds but were about $1,000 short.
To donate to the Siara Biddle fund, money can be sent directly to the Fairfield Funeral Home, 1750 Pennsylvania Ave.
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