"They would be holding hands together so we were thinking maybe they were holding hands, but she was like one or two steps ahead of him so she got hit," said Susan Danao.
Police said the driver was not hurt, and speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the crash. The investigation is still ongoing.
The family plans to bring Elena's remains back to the Philippines.
This is the 55th traffic fatality this year, compared to 47 at the same time last year.