Family Demands Justice As Police Search For Driver In Hit & Run Crash That Killed Beloved Grandmother

CHARLOTTE — A local family is demanding answers after a Charlotte grandmother was hit and killed on Thanksgiving night by someone driving a red SUV.  CMPD is still searching for the driver who sped away from the scene.

Police say 59-year-old Cecilia Wallace was trying to cross the street Thanksgiving night to get home near the intersection of Sunset and Beatties Ford Road.  Around ten p.m., CMPD received several 911 calls reporting that someone was lying in the middle of the road.  Wallace had been struck by a vehicle, and died.  The driver took off.  Police say the suspect was driving a red, two-door Ford Explorer.  Police captured an image from surveillance camera video from the intersection.

Wallace’s family is pleading with the driver of that vehicle to do the right thing and come forward.

“I can understand how maybe that situation would scare someone, but just to leave her?  She was just left.  People treat dogs better than that,” says Brittany Miller, the victim’s daughter.

“Just turn yourself in, whoever you are,” says Raven Miller, the victim’s daughter.

If you have any information about the driver of the red, Ford Explorer, you’re asked to call CMPD immediately.  Wallace’s family has created a fundraiser page to help raise money for burial expenses.  That information can be found here. https://www.facebook.com/donate/4686955491394789/

 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Detectives are searching for the driver of a red Ford Explorer after they hit and killed a woman crossing the street in northwest Charlotte Thursday night and fled the scene.

Officers arrived at the scene of the hit and run around 10 p.m. on November 25th to find someone lying in the roadway and in need of medical attention near the intersection of Sunset Road and Beatties Ford Road.

Officers say upon closer inspection, they determined the person lying in the roadway was a woman and she had been fatally struck by a car.

Detectives say the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Preliminary investigation reveals the woman was in a crosswalk and crossing Sunset Road when she was struck by a fire-red, two-door Ford Explorer.

Police say the driver of the Explorer took off after hitting the woman and was last seen fleeing the scene on Sunset Road toward Peachtree Road.

Detectives say they are actively searching for the suspect vehicle and are asking the public for any information that may help with the investigation into this case.

Anyone who has information on the whereabouts of the suspect vehicle or its driver is asked to call 911 immediately.