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Vigil Held For Hit And Run Victim To Find Killer

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- Police are still searching for information to close the case in the hit and run death of Amber Wood.  The following story ran May 24th, as family and friends tried to keep the case in the public eye.  It was featured again in Tuesday's Metro's Most Wanted:

The family of a woman killed by a hit-and-run driver one month ago this week while crossing a downtown street gathered with friends Thursday night in an effort to draw attention to the case, and find a killer.  Amber Wood, 23, died April 27 while crossing Broadway on the way to the Broadway Oyster Bar.  The car struck her and a companion, never even slowing down, let alone stopping according to witnesses.

Wood’s mother, Georgie Busch, has made it her mission to help police find the driver, and she’s done it at the expense of her own healing process.

“I have to relive it every day.  I’m the one every day who relives this tragedy, and I hope the person who did this is feeling the same way, that they can see a beautiful girl that they took her life.”

Eric Peterson, 29, was arrested in Illinois on obstruction of justice charges.  His Pontiac Grand Am was the car the killed Wood.  But to this point police can’t prove who was actually driving the car that early morning.  That’s the missing piece of the puzzle Wood’s mother is trying to find.  

“I have this big loss that will never be filled” Busch said,  “and I just want to plead to the public, anyone who knows anything about this accident.”  

Busch and a number of friends have added to the Crimestoppers reward money in the case.  $2500 is now being offered to anyone with information leading to an arrest.  That number is 866-371-TIPS (8477).

Busch, meanwhile, is hoping an arrest can also bring a few more answers regarding just why her daughter had to die that night.  

“It doesn’t bring Amber back.  It won’t.  But I’d just want to know what you were doing.  Why you didn’t have the heart to even try to stop and see if you could have helped,” she said.   “We swerve for cats and dogs and all kinds of things in the street when we see them up ahead of us.  What was going through this person’s mind that they couldn’t see three people crossing the street and not even try to stop.”