Family Still Seeking Answers One Year After Fatal Crash

By Mallory Lane

Published 02/12 2014 05:30PM

Updated 02/12 2014 06:22PM

STATE COLLEGE, CENTRE COUNTY - A mother, still mourning the loss of her daughter a year later, is speaking out to help catch her daughter's killer.

The accident happened one year ago Wednesday. 32 year-old Sherry Houtz, from Bellefonte, died after a car hit her while she was walking along the side of I-99. It happened between 3:45 and 4:00 A.M. in the southbound lanes of I-99, between the Toftrees and Beaver Stadium exits.

Police still don't know who is responsible and they, along with Sherry's mother, are hoping to find some answers.

"She was my daughter up and down. She was the spitting image of her mom," Betsy Houtz said. "Goofy, funny. My side-kick."

Houtz says dealing with the pain of losing a child is unbearable, but not knowing who killed her daughter is "pure hell."

"We have a cross up on I-99 that my husband made. I feel close to her when I'm there," Houtz said. "I still don't sleep. I couldn't count all of the cars and trucks that were going that way. I don't understand why that many people would have seen something. Somebody saw something."

It's the same question Trooper Jeff Petucci is asking Wednesday.

"We think there is someone out there with information and we're hoping they come forward," he said.

The pain is still very real for Sherry's two children, ages 13 and seven.

"My little grandson, he'll look up in the sky and say, 'If she's up there, why can't I see it?'," Houtz said.

It's memories and pictures Houtz uses to get by.

"I look at that and there are just so many memories and I want to just reach in and hold her and tell her everything is going to be okay," she said.

Instead, Houtz is holding on to hope that her daughter's killer will one day be brought to justice.

"I want my daughter back, but I know that won't happen," she said. "I know talking to you today isn't going to bring her back, but I just pray to God that the person out there that did this, I hope he soon gives up."

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call State Police at Rockview at 814-355-7545. Crimestoppers is also offering a reward of up to $1,000 for anyone who may have information leading to an arrest in the case.

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