A taxi driver who died Wednesday night in a two-vehicle crash worked two jobs so she could provide for her two children, her brother said Thursday.
Olivia Darlene Florez, 35, of Glencoe Street was driving for the Universal Taxi Cab Co. of Winston-Salem when the crash happened about 7:30 p.m. She was turning south onto the 2800 block of New Walkertown Road from a shopping center, and a 2006 Infiniti struck her cab, police said.
Florez died at the scene. The driver of the Infiniti left on foot before officers arrived, according to police.
Police Lt. Chris Fish couldn’t be reached Thursday for comment on the taxi crash.
Florez, the mother of a 15-year-old and a 2-year-old, was driving the cab for extra money, said Ricky Dean, Florez’s brother who lives in the Francisco community in northern Stokes County. “She worked her jobs and then came home to care of her kids,” he said.
In addition to driving the taxi, Florez had worked for a month as a meter reader for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utilities Division, Dean said.
Gale Ketteler, a spokeswoman for the utilities division, said that the agency’s employees learned of Florez’s death in an email on Thursday.
“We are very sad to hear of it,” Ketteler said. “I hope they catch the person who hit her. She will be greatly missed.”
Dean said he was shocked when he learned about his sister’s death.
“I didn’t believe it until I got to the scene of the wreck,” Dean said. “Right now, everyone is in shock.”
A native of Winston-Salem, Florez also had lived in Mount Airy and Lincolnton. Dean said he last spoke to his sister about two weeks ago.
“She knew when to call her big brother,” Dean said. “When she called and needed help, I would come down here anytime.”
Laura Chavez, another driver for Universal Taxi, said Florez had worked for the company since early September.
Chavez said she had just completed her shift driving her taxi when she learned about Florez’s death.
“It’s just unbelievable,” Chavez said. “It could have been me.”
Chavez said she and other taxi drivers at the company knew Florez well.
“She was part of our family,” Chavez said.