"She was the best Mom, the best," Fasshon Shivers said.
The Columbus woman says her mother may still be alive if she had received better medical care after a tragic crash more than a year ago.
Fasshon says she lives the nightmare every day, thinking about what happened to her Mom.
"She was taken from us without any answers," Fasshon said.
“I still can't believe it… still can't believe it," said Laura Mason, who was traveling with Latonya in Jamaica in May of 2012. That was when a mini-bus driver struck Latonya as she was standing on a sidewalk.
Laura did not see the crash but was rushed to the crowded hospital emergency room when she got the news.
"I just took her by the hand, and she was just lying there, and she said, ‘I'm in so much pain,’" Laura said.
"She said I don't want to die over here, and I said, 'don't say that, don't say that, you're not going to die over here, we came together, we're going to leave together,'" Laura added.
Laura says the hospital was rundown, the equipment was outdated, and the staff was rude and unhelpful. She tried to keep Latonya calm.
Then, Laura says a doctor confronted her.
"He just looked at me and said 'Get out, and allow us to do our job,'” Laura said. “And when I let go of her hand, that was the most painful thing - I will never forget that."
Hours later, Laura found out that her friend had passed away.
"I believe if she was in America, I believe, she'd be alive," Laura added.
Latonya's daughter also believes her mother would still be alive with better medical care.
"I think it's very important for us to be able to travel and not have to worry about medical treatment," Fasshon Shivers said. "Our dollars in tourism are what drive the Jamaican economy, so they need to protect us."
Both say Latonya was one who would do anything for anybody. They say worked tirelessly for a number of charities, and she even would pack suitcases full of school supplies to donate to children in the foreign countries she visited, like Jamaica.
Her friends and family want her legacy to live on, and to raise awareness about the potential dangers to Americans who travel abroad.
Both say it’s the least they can do on Latonya's behalf.
They want to warn travelers and put pressure on the Jamaican government to do more.
10TV contacted the U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs about Latonya's death and the ensuing investigation and is still waiting for answers.
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