ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- The family of a 23-year-old girl killed in a hit-and-run wreck last week pleaded with the public to help find the driver during a news conference in downtown St. Louis on Monday.
Police said Amber Wood was crossing South Broadway just outside the Broadway Oyster Bar around 1:50 a.m. Friday when she was struck and killed. A 29-year-old man was also hit and is expected to be released from a hospital soon.
During the news conference Monday, Wood’s family continued to ask for the public’s help in finding the driver who hit and killed her.
”I’m here to plead to the general public to help catch the person that murdered my daughter,” Amber’s mother said. “If you know who that person is or know anything, please turn them in. I’m asking you to put this person who murdered my daughter in jail.”
”What if it was one of his family members or his sister?” asked Amber’s brother, Chris Busch. “How would he feel and what would he want, cause all it would have took was a split second to hit the brakes.”
No arrests have been made, but the Pontiac Grand Am that struck Wood was found later Friday on 2nd Street near a salvage yard in Madison, Illinois. Workers at the salvage yard say the owner of the car recovered by police tried three times to sell it for scrap.
Police were called after the third time, but workers say the owner apparently ran after seeing police cars.
Police did take another man with car into custody but he was later released.
Wood was a graduate of the high school in Granite City, Illinois. She worked as a server at EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery in Chesterfield.
A Facebook page has been set up by the family to spread the word on the suspect at-large as well as the funeral arrangements for Amber.