Person of interest questioned in hit-and-run that killed mother in front of daughter

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on September 21, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 9 at 11:50 PM

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EAST ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Authorities say they have a person of interest in custody for a hit-and-run wreck that killed a 45-year-old woman as she crossed the street with her daughter in East St. Louis Thursday afternoon.

Police said they located an early-90s model Ford F-150 with extended cab pick-up, which matched the description of the vehicle involved in the hit and run. The truck also had heavy front end damage.

One person was taken into custody for questioning. East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Floore said charges were not expected to be filed Friday.

Police said the driver was speeding in the wrong lane Thursday when they blew through a stop sign at the corner of Louisiana and 25th Street around 12:30 p.m. and hit Yvette Hart.

Hart was walking to a convenience store with her daughter, 23-year-old Latoya Johnson, when the incident happened.

“You took one of our loved ones from us and she was a great mom and she was a worker and she was somebody,” said Hart’s sister, Harriet Clay.

Clay says Hart was a mother of four, who worked as a supervisor of housekeeping in the Edward Jones Dome.  She had 19 grandchildren. 

Johnson, the daughter who witnessed the hit and run, is the baby of the family.

"I'd like to thank the man whoever turned him in," Johnson said. "We'd like to thank everybody. We thank god that man is off the street because it could have happened to anybody's mom."

“This is very important to us.  This is a tragedy for this lady to lose her life on account of the driver, whether he was drunk?  We don’t know the situation,” said East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Floore.

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