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Donna Fountain carried her list with her everywhere, five items written out in pencil headed simply “My Dreams.”
Her goals: find a great job, buy a house by age 45, start a sanctuary for gay and lesbian teens, marry the woman of her dreams and watch her son, Elijah, graduate from college.
Donna Fountain will never see any of her dreams come true.
At just 38, she was cut down on Christmas morning by a hit-and-run driver in Crown Heights as she headed out to work as a home health care aide.
A single mom, she left behind her bereft 8-year-old son.
Cops found the sad crumpled list of Fountain’s dreams at the scene of the accident and passed it to her neighbor.
“She gave everything she had to her son and worked so hard for him,” said her friend Dena Baveghems, 28.
“She was all about making her dreams come true. Nothing could have stopped her except this.”
Cops say Fountain was run down by a gray car around 7:30 a.m. as she crossed Eastern Parkway near Troy Avenue.
The car sped away, leaving the hardworking mom dying on the pavement two and a half blocks from home, where unopened Christmas presents sat and awaited her excited son.
Her brother, Ben Fountain, said investigators have been reviewing traffic camera footage and told him they are hopeful they can track the driver.
“They are 98% certain they can catch who did this,” he said.
“They took it upon themselves to take a life. How could they not stop?” he asked, his voice choked with emotion.
Donna Fountain, who worked for Partners in Care, shared a small apartment with her son.
She planned to work her early Christmas shift and come home to open presents with Elijah, who stayed with a sitter while she worked.
“She talked about saving up to buy his gifts. She was looking forward to being with him on Christmas,” Baveghems said.
“He was so excited. I don't know how he'll go on without his mom. They were incredibly close. She’s all he knows,” she said.
“I know it wasn’t easy for Donna. She made the best life possible for him.”
The timing of the tragedy was especially harsh, she said.
“I’m devastated for him. To lose the person who took care of him on Christmas is the worst thing I can imagine,” she said.
The boy will be taken in by relatives.
Ben Fountain called his sister “an exceptional woman” who was working hard to make a bright future for herself and her boy.
“She did it all on her own. She built herself up,” he said.
“She believed in herself. She had the normal problems any single parent has, but she persevered and fought for her dreams.