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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The family of a woman killed by a hit and run driver earlier this year in north St Louis is doing all they can to try and crack the case.

Kayla Troupe, 47, was hit and killed as she was leaving Nick’s Bar and Grill on North Broadway at Christian around 12:25 a.m. on February 28.

Investigators say Troupe stopped in the middle of Broadway as she was crossing the street because of heavy traffic. When she took a step back, she was allegedly hit by a car that kept on going.

On Monday, Troupe’s family put up CrimeStoppers flyers in the area.

The flyers offer a reward of up to $5,000 for a tip that leads to an arrest.

“This person didn’t just run her over, he killed my sister and left her in the middle of the street like she was road kill or something,” said Genese Troupe-Henderson, Troupe’s sister.

Kayla’s son, 24-year-old Cam Shanklin, added, “For you to just be a coward like that and just hit somebody and run. I mean, how to do you sleep at night? How do you go on day-by-day with that on your conscious?”

The family questions whether police have done enough in the case.

The flyer says debris near the scene suggests that the car might be a newer model black Kia.

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