Person of interest named in fatal Chesterfield hit-and-run accident

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CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI) - Police say they have a person of interest in a hit-and-run accident that killed Roy Joseph, 41.

According to a release from police, "Physical evidence at the scene and subsequent investigation led detectives to a vehicle owned by Pelts, a 2004 Pearl White Toyota Sienna Mini-Van." This accident occurred in the 13700 block of Olive west of Highway 141 on Wednesday.

Police are still looking for Pelts. She is described as a 54-year-old white female.  She is 5’02”, 135lbs with blonde hair and blue eyes. Anyone who has information of her whereabouts or activities on Wednesday should call the Chesterfield Police Department Detective Bureau at 636-537-3000.

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22 comments

    • Tom

      The detectives did a good job in identifying the vehicle within a few hours of the accident, even though Yelena Peltz left the scene. Although she is the primary driver of the vehicle, She was not charged in spite of her arrest, which was a week after the incident since she was in hiding. She plead the fifth and was released after 20 hrs in custody. The chesterfield community should put pressure on the authority to charge her. This is unacceptable, how a person who did not have the basic decency to call for help after she hit another human being and presumably left him to die in the cold adding more insult to injury to the near and dear ones of Dr. Roy Joseph.

  • Barbara Wecker

    I can’t believe no one has come forward to give any details about Mr. Joseph, as to what time he was out and why he was out walking on
    Olive at night.

  • Goose

    In all accidents both parties share some portion of the root cause. As far as Yelena who knows how each of us would react in this situation. Im sure investigators will cull out her portion of responsibility for thistragic event.

  • Martin Logan

    She was probably drunk at the time, so she didn’t stop, and now she’s in so deep she needs to hide. Otherwise why not stop? You NEVER get in trouble unless you flee. All you have to say is “I didn’t see him” and what are they going to charge you with?? But now she is in big trouble. I wonder how they found it was her van – I figure the front license plate was knocked off…..

  • mark

    She is from Russia and these people think the are smarter than us.
    Her entire windshield was caved in and the dead man flew 8 to 10 fee.
    Part of her bumper was left at the scene and the Police ran all the vans with the description and located it. Her vehicle was impounded from her rear driveway for an investigation. The comment about no insurance is ridicules. The average income in Chesterfield is $165,000.00 and the net worth is 1.2 million. They own a substantial lake house and a large amount od rental properties. Her 24 year old girl is a criminal attorney.
    Why is a 41 year old PHD walking on the road where the yellow line is.
    This fits a profile of a alleged suicide ide I wonder what life insurance he had. Mental illness is a very serious issue. May his family have peace and overcome this tragedy.
    10-20 million. Plus a tort claim against the driver.

  • mark

    Mental illness is not a heartless emotion. We drive Cadillac and suburban suv to protect our lives so you can weave and travel 20 miles under the posted speed limit. Just keep driving your death trap and text.

  • Neyoko

    Roy Joseph was genuinely a nice person & really enjoyed life; apparent when you are around him. He was really smart but was humble about it. He had a passion for writing, among other things; I am sorry the world will not get to now of his many gifts. Please pray for his family.

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