HESPERIA Two women are behind bars and a family is left to pick up the pieces after a Hesperia man was killed in a hit-and-run crash.


Megan Sofia Vasquez, 22, and Christin Nicole Briggs, 20, were arrested for vehicular manslaughter Tuesday afternoon for the hit-and-run death of their neighbor, 38-year-old Gary Marshall, according to San Bernardino County Sheriff's reports. Both women posted bail and are free.


"Right now I have to deal with the people who did this live on my street and my son was also killed on this street," said Marshall's mother, Linda James.


Marshall was killed a little after midnight Tuesday on Mojave Street just east of I Avenue after he was allegedly struck by Vasquez and Briggs. It was not immediately clear who was driving the vehicle that killed Marshall, although records indicate Briggs was also arrested for being an accessory.


"They used to always drive so fast up and down this street," James said. "It was just a matter of time before something like this would happened. Unfortunately, it happened to my son."


According to authorities, Marshall was walking along Mojave Street when he was killed. He was only a few hundred feet from his home when the incident took place.


"I think he was coming back home," James said.


Devastated by her son's death, James remained mostly stoic until she spoke about Marshall's two children, ages 8 and 13.


"He loved his kids more than anything," she said, her voice cracking. "He was a very good father and was very close to his children."


Anyone wishing to make a donation to help Marshall's family can do so by visiting www.HDPhoenixFoundation.com.


Beatriz E. Valenzuela may be reached at (760) 951-6276 or at BValenzuela@VVDailyPress.com.