COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP/WJLA) - A Maryland family is mourning after their daughter was killed by a hit and run driver police believe was drunk early Sunday morning in College Park.
Twenty-one-year-old Janelle Oni was trying to walk across Route 1 near Hartwick Road around 3 a.m. when she was hit by a minivan, police said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police have arrested 33-year old Jacky Luangraj of Manassas, Virginia. He faces 13 charges, including one for alleged negligent auto homicide while under the influence.
Prince George's County police say Luangraj did not stop after allegedly hitting Oni. He was captured a short time later a couple miles north near Route 1 and the Beltway.
Oni, of Randallstown in Baltimore County, is the third pedestrian hit and killed this year in a one block stretch of Route 1 just south of the University of Maryland campus.
In January, Maryland student Cory Hubbard was killed. In April, George Washington University student Carlos Pacanins died.
"How many people have to die before some changes are made?" said Oni's mother, Ana Burnett, from her Randallstown front yard Sunday.
"That was my angel, that was my only child," said Burnett. "She never gave me a moment of worry, a moment of pain, and because somebody decided to [drive drunk], my daughter is gone, my angel is gone."
Burnett and Oni's stepfather Hector Brown said Oni had just graduated from Salisbury University. They said Oni had a deep Christian faith and was passionate about helping young people. She mentored teens who wanted to go to college, and planned to get a masters degree and pursue a career counseling teens.
"She was 21, she had all her life in front of her," Burnett said. "She'd just graduated... she had a bright future. And he took it way from me. He just took it away from me."
Oni was a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority. On Sunday, many of her sorority sisters came to her family's home to offer support.
Oni's parents said she was in College Park visiting a sorority sister who lives there. They say the two had gone to a restaurant on Route 1 before Oni was hit.