Hayley Riggins' life celebrated


ANDERSON, Calif. - The life of a young woman who died too soon was honored by many throughout the community Monday.

Hundreds, possibly close to a thousand people gathered to pay their respects to 27-year-old Hayley Riggins.

Riggins was in a motorcycle crash at the intersection of Buenaventura Boulevard and Placer Street in Redding on April 25.

Police said the other involved car ran a red light at the intersection.

The woman behind the wheel, 53-year-old Virginia Anderson admitted to police she was under the influence of prescription medication, marijuana and methamphetamine.

The next week Hayley was removed from life-support, her organs set to be donated so her legacy can live on.

On Monday the skies were sunny as hundreds of motorcycles and vehicles departed the area of the crash in Redding.

Led by the Missing In America Project and law enforcement, community members and bike club members made the 20 or so minute drive to Anderson River Park, along the way they were joined by other riders.

The streets lined with supporters.

At Anderson River Park the celebration assembled.

Family and friends, young and old embracing.

Photographs of Hayley were on display around gazebos, along with a video playing a montage of her life.

But for the hundreds who knew her, coming together for Hayley was easy.

"She was a wonderful person. Very outgoing, there when you needed her to be there," Hayley's uncle, Mark Crowell explained.

Hayley's former 4-H Leader said she loved to be outside, loved her horse and helping animals.

"If you had a dog that was sick she would be on her bike or her car riding over to see what was wrong with your animal. Hayley had a big heart, a big heart, she gave a lot," Crowell added.

"We're gonna miss her when we go hunting, we're going to miss her when we go camping we're going to miss her every day of our lives from this point on."

Hayley leaves behind a nine-month-old daughter, Kadence, and a fiance, who has children too.

Now Crowell said it is important that family educate Kadence about the woman her mother was so that her giving spirit lives on.

A fundraiser for Hayley's family is set for Tuesday, May 13 at Cattlemens in Redding.

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