Fundraiser held for woman killed in ATV hit-and-run

Dozens of people turned out Monday to give emotional and financial support to a family grieving the loss of a mother killed in a hit-and-run accident.

The Daphne Cola fundraiser was held at the Mother-in-Law lounge on N. Claiborne Avenue.

Cola died last week from injuries she received after leaving the club on July 27. New Orleans police said the driver of an all-terrain vehicle was speeding, lost control and struck the 37-year-old mother of two.

Cola had been in a medically induced coma until her death Aug. 5.

Musician Kermit Ruffins said he still can't believe she's gone. He said he has known cola and her family for many years.

"I just get so lost for words when I think about Daphne," he said. "It's just so sad. So basically we're just here raising money for hospital costs, funeral costs and whatever we can help to do. There's really nothing we can do behind a beautiful life like that. It's just the least we can do."

A few days after Cola died, the NOPD released photos of the ATV that hit her. They also have surveillance video of the accident.

Anyone with information about the driver is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.