Valley friends of a mom who was hit and killed by several cars in Scottsdale are stepping up to help return her remains to her family in Tennessee.
The Department of Public Safety says Alicia Mapin broke down on the side of Loop 101 near Hayden Road over the weekend. She was hit by several passenger cars while waiting for help on what she apparently thought was the road shoulder.
Maupin moved to the Valley from Tennessee and her work family quickly became extended family.
"We really do care about her and we're gonna miss her a lot," said her friend Matt Boiseau. He describes Maupin as selfless, caring and a hard worker. The love of her life was her 11-year-old son.
"Her son was the number one thing in her life, she wishes she had more time to be with her son," Boiseau said.
He says between cremation costs, flights to and from Phoenix, and funeral costs, Maupin's family is struggling to bring her remains home to be laid to rest next to her parents. Their friends are trying to raise enough money to ease the hardship while they try to cope with the heartache so close to the holidays.
"It's a tough time. A lot of people are spread thin, and you don't plan on a trip like this," Boiseau said. "I'd love to make it easier for them to get her back."
A donation account has been set up for anyone who is willing to help out.