Victims' Families Meet at Crash Site

November 15, 2012 Updated Nov 15, 2012 at 12:44 AM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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November 15, 2012 Updated Nov 15, 2012 at 12:44 AM EDT


Amherst, NY (WKBW) - A remarkable chance meeting for two families who are trying to smile through the tears, as they remember their loved ones killed in Sunday's motorcycle crash.

25-year-old Jocelyn Elberson had her whole life ahead of her. 81-year-old Sheila Pelton was enjoying her golden years. They did not know each other, but their families are now forever linked.

Jocelyn and Sheila were killed Sunday, when police say David Smith careened down the Amherst Bike Path while drunk, striking the women.

Sheila's husband, Foster Pelton, is recovering in the hospital.

Upon meeting, Lisa Pelton, the daughter-in-law of Sheila and Foster, told the Elberson family "I hope that you guys know that we will be praying for your family -- for your hearts and healing." Jocelyn's family said that feeling is mutual.

Nigel Pelton, Sheila and Foster's son, says "they were two selfless people and I felt a connection to them there."

Heather Brothers, Jocelyn's sister, said when she meet the Pelton family "something came over me and it just made me feel like everything was calm and good and everything was going to be okay."

The Elberson family was heading to the crash site to meet Eyewitness News for an interview -- for them this provides a sense of healing.

Little did we know, Nigel and Lisa Pelton, who are Foster and Sheila's son and daughter-in-law, were on their way too. They wanted to place a bouquet of flowers for their mothers, along with roses and a stuffed animal for Jocelyn, a girl they never even met.

The families are forever linked. Brett Elberson, Jocelyn's little brother, says "The real feeling is these people are family."

A sense of comfort -- the similarities between the women. Both are remembered as strong, kind and courageous.

Sheila was a breast cancer survivor turned advocate and exercise enthusiast.

Jocelyn had an open-heart surgery just six months ago, and was finally recovering. Her father tells Eyewitness News "They were both fighters -- and to have something senseless take them away from us. And we'll never really stop missing them until we meet them again."

The families surround a cross that Jocelyn's brother and cousin built by hand.

Lisa Pelton says "The cross to me is just so symbolic of the fact that Jocelyn is in heaven with the Lord and at peace and with Sheila."

While these two families bond in Amherst, they believe Jocelyn and Sheila are looking down on them in smiling.

Jocelyn's father, Charles, tells Sheila's son, Nigel that "they're in Heaven together ... Maybe they can go for a walk" ... a reference to what the women were doing when police say a motorcyclist took their lives.