RENSSELAER, Ind. -- Authorities say 30-year-old Nika Trippi pulled off to the side of an Indiana interstate to check on a noise coming from her SUV when she was hit by a semi and killed Monday.
Trippi’s mother and two young children were in the car with her when she pulled over to the outer shoulder of I-65 in Jasper County, IN. Trippi was hit by a semi truck and then thrown under her vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver fled the scene and continued south on the Interstate.
Her colleagues at Zazu Salon in Hinsdale were shocked and said that although she stopped working at the shop once she had kids, she had a passion for working as an esthetician and makeup artist.
“She was very into holistic things and would come to the salon and bring little essential oils and things that everyone would need to try,” general manager Laura Chappetto said.
Former colleagues say her smile was infectious.
“I don’t know how you could describe her and not use the word smile. She had one of the best smiles I’ve ever seen,” said Michael Segretto.
Zazu has set up a site on Givefoward.com to collect money for Trippi’s young children. Tuesday night authorities said they’re still looking for the truck driver.