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Mike Perlstein / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- There's a fundraiser Monday night for the family of the 37-year-old mother of two who was hit and killed by a speeding ATV more than a week ago.

It was six days ago that Daphne Cola was taken off life support. She never regained consciousness after being hit a week earlier by a four-wheeler in front of Kermit's Treme Mother-in-Law Lounge.

'Beautiful woman,' said musician Kermit Ruffins. 'I had the chance to hang out with her on my many occasions, right here and all over the city for that matter.'

Ruffins is getting personally involved in Cola's case, playing with his band Monday night and urging the driver in this hit-and-run to surrender to police.

'I would just hope that the family of the kid would cause him to turn himself in,' Ruffins said. 'I mean, you never know what you're going to do. I could be driving my truck one day and run into somebody. It's the most scariest feeling in the world.'

In fact the tragedy has sparked a petition to Mayor Mitch Landrieu to crack down on these four-wheelers, which are illegal on the city streets.

'Each and every given Sunday, we're always saying that someone's going to get hurt, and it happened to the most beautiful innocent person that I can imagine,' Ruffins said. 'For her to step out and for this guy to just run into her, whatever happened, it's so sad man.'

This event goes until 10 p.m. Monday night for anyone who wishes to participate.

If you know anything about the driver, call Crimestoppers at 822-1111.

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