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Mother seeks to toughen penalties for hit-and-run drivers

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A woman was fatally struck by a vehicle during a hit-and-run accident at north Market and North Grand (Credit: KMOV) A woman was fatally struck by a vehicle during a hit-and-run accident at north Market and North Grand (Credit: KMOV)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The mother of girl who was killed in a hit-and-run accident is asking the legislature to toughen penalties for drivers who flee from the scene of fatal or injury accidents.

Amber Wood was killed in a fatal hit and run accident in the wee hours of the morning of April 27, 2012. The wreck occurred outside the Broadway Oyster Bar, just south of Busch Stadium. Someone was charged with obstructing justice in the case, but nobody has been charged with being responsible for Heard’s death.

Wood’s mother is urging Missouri lawmakers to pass HB 2551 which would make leaving the scene of an accident a Class D felony in 2016 and a Class C Felony in 2017 if a victim is injured or killed in the crash.

Bill sponsor State Rep. Bill Reiboldt, R-Neosho, says he hopes the bill will make the floor of the Missouri House before the legislative session ends. If the bill fails to make the floor, Reiboldt told News 4 he will reintroduce it in 2017.

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