Person Of Interest In Custody After Fatal Hit And Run Accident

Posted on: 5:54 pm, September 21, 2012, by , updated on: 06:06pm, September 21, 2012

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– East St. Louis police are questioning a man suspected of fleeing the scene of a hit and run incident that killed 46-year old Yvette Hart.

On Friday morning police arrested a man and located the 1990′s Ford F-150 that was caught on video leaving the scene.

The victim’s daughter, 23-year-old Latoya Johnson, was walking with her mother near 26th and Louisiana when the accident happened.

Johnson and the rest of the victim’s family says they are feeling some degree of closure.

“I thank whoever caught that guy for me and my mother I thank you so much so, so much I thank you,” said Johnson.

“We also want to thank the tire shop and the gas station for having cameras on top of their roof to record that because without them we wouldn’t have nothing,” said the victim’s sister Harriet Clay.

East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Floore says he got calls after FOX 2 showed a picture of the truck.  Investigators took a man into custody within 24 hours. The car and suspected driver were found in Cahokia.

“We received an anonymous call after seeing the car on the news that they knew who the car belonged to,” said Floore

Family members say Yvette was the mother of 4 and grandmother of 19. She worked as a housekeeping supervisor at the Edward Jones Dome.

“She loved everybody she was the type of person who you could go to her house if you didn’t have nothing to eat or have no place to stay she would take you in,” said her sister Sharnell Clay.

“Right now her family is at ease and we can put my sister to rest,” she said.

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