Chattanooga woman killed in car crash months before wedding
A 23-year-old woman died in a car crash on Shallowford Road near I-75 early Friday morning.
Channel 3 spoke to the victim's fiancé who said they were planning to get married in 2020.
Alicia Nazario leaves behind her parents, two sisters and a 3-year-old child.
"I really wish she was still here with me," said Nazario's fiancé, Alex Freeman.
Nazario dropped Freeman off at work Friday morning. He says he hugged her, kissed her, and told her goodbye for the final time.
"I didn't know that was going to be the last time I saw her," Freeman told Channel 3.
Nazario hit a CARTA bus head-on and died instantly.
Two people on the bus were injured as well.
Nazario's mother called Freeman at work to break the news.
"The only thing she said was Alicia was gone. I went numb and I couldn't think anymore," recalled Freeman.
The couple's 3-year-old son, Angelo, was in the backseat during the crash.
He made it out alive and unharmed, but the pain of knowing his mom is not coming home is something his father says he cannot escape.
"He's seen everything and it's had a very drastic effect on him," said Freeman.
Instead of focusing on how Alicia left this world, the family is focusing on the legacy she left behind.
"She was a fantastic mother and everything about her left an impression with anyone she ever met," Freeman told Channel 3.
Freeman says the world was brighter because Alicia was in it.
"She was wonderful. I don't think I'll be able to find another woman like her," said Freeman.
A memorial for Nazario will be held at the Heritage Funeral Home on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m.
The couple's friends started a GoFundMe to help pay for her funeral and to replace the totaled car.
Police are still investigating the crash. It's unclear how Nazario lost control of her car.