Driver hits, kills mom in front of daughter in Metro East

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by Diana Zoga / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on September 20, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 9 at 10:50 PM

Corner of Louisiana and 25th Street

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EAST ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Police are searching for the driver of a pickup truck that hit and killed a 45-year-old woman as she crossed the street with her daughter Thursday afternoon.

Police say the driver was speeding in the wrong lane and blew through a stop sign before hitting Yvette Hart.  Hart was crossing the street with her daughter, Latoya Johnson, 23.  The two were walking to a convenience store at the corner of Louisiana and 25th Street in East St. Louis around 12:30 p.m.

"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.

"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.

Floore says the truck is an early 90s model Ford F-150, extended cab pick-up.  It's two-tone gray in color and would have heavy front end damage from the hit and run. 

Witnesses said the driver was a white male.  Police have surveillance images of the truck, but are still working to clean up the images enough to come up with a license plate number.

There is a Crimestoppers reward for information. Visit their website here or call 866-371-TIPS.

 

 

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