Daughter of woman killed in hit-and-run wreck thanks anonymous tipster

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on September 21, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 21 at 7:17 PM

EAST ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- The daughter of a 45-year-old woman killed in a hit-and-run wreck says she is thankful to the anonymous tipster who

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.

Johnson, the daughter who witnessed the hit and run, said she is thankful to whoever turned in the hit and run driver.

"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," said East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Floore. "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."

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