Loved Ones Mourn Crash Victims

November 13, 2012 Updated Nov 13, 2012 at 12:44 AM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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November 13, 2012 Updated Nov 13, 2012 at 12:44 AM EDT


Amherst, NY (WKBW) - Flowers has been placed at the site of a crash that took the lives of two women on Sunday afternoon.

Police tell Eyewitness News that a motorcyclist, accused of being drunk, lost control of his bike and struck several pedestrians along the Amherst Bike Path.

The crash killed 25-year-old Jocelyn Elberson and 81-year-old Sheila Pelton. Sheila's 79-year-old husband, Foster Pelton, sustained serious injuries. A spokesperson for ECMC says Foster's condition has stabilized.

Jocelyn's brother, Brett Elberson, says his sister was a ray of sunshine. He says "One glance, even one smile from her -- something inside of you -- it was like a light inside of you turned on. It was like an angel touched you."

Jocelyn was killed while walking her beloved dog, Sadie. Her mom and aunt were about 20 feet behind her and saw the entire incident.

At 25-years-old, Jocelyn had already been through so much, but never lost her optimism.

Jocelyn suffered from Williams Disease. Just six-months ago she had open-heart surgery.

Family members say Jocelyn loved her job at Bonefish Grill, was devoted to her church and loved working with children.

Meanwhile, loved ones of Sheila Pelton are also in mourning.

Neighbor Angela Rego says Sheila "Cared about everybody and always waved. She was a happy kind of person."

A breast cancer survivor, Sheila remained positive. She loved staying active -- often going on walks and playing tennis.

Her granddaughter Natalie Pelton told Eyewitness News "She was a stay at home mom and ran a lot of races and marathons and spent a lot of time with fitness."

Now as two families mourn, loved ones hope someone hears of this accident and chooses not to drink and drive.

Brett Elberson says "there are so many people that haven't met (jocelyn) and never will -- because somebody decided to do that."

David Smith was arraigned at Erie County Medical Center on Monday morning. Smith is recovering at the hospital. He was charged with criminally negligent homicide and DWI.

Smith's next court date is Thursday.