Elderly woman killed in hit and run accident

December 19, 2010 7:34:28 PM PST
Family and friends are grieving over the sudden loss of a grandmother. She was killed in a hit and run crash on Saturday. And now, they want the man who hit her found. The accident happened off Richmond and Gessner, killing 83-year-old Verdell Wesley. Police say the man who caused the chain reaction wreck ran away.

At Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church, no Sunday morning will ever be the same.

"We're praying for the Wesley family at large," said Pastor James E. Blake Sunday.

Wesley was a pillar of the church, tirelessly working, teaching and sharing her faith, until Saturday, when police say someone driving a Cadillac ran a red light, striking her car.

Three other vehicles were also hit. Wesley died at the hospital.

The driver of the Cadillac fled on foot. Investigators say there had been a robbery nearby in the 45 minutes prior to the wreck and the driver may have been involved.

"We're praying that the Lord will move within their heart that they would turn themselves in," said Pastor Blake.

Wesley had six children and more than a dozen grandchildren.

"My first thought was 'Oh my God. Oh my God. This couldn't really be true,'" said her son, Cleveland Wesley.

Cleveland says his mother taught them to work hard to follow man's and God's laws.

"She had little, but with little, she was able to accomplish a lot," said Cleveland.

That's why it's so painful, the family says, that someone running from the law might be responsible for Wesley's death.

"If this was your mother and you were in our position, with the loss that we're suffering, what would you do?" asked relative Gary Patterson. "Would you be man enough to step up or are you going to be a coward and run away."

The Wesley family hopes someone knows where that driver is and will share that information with police. It'll be less painful, they say, when the person who killed Wesley is caught.

Police say they only have a vague description of the suspect. They can't tell us yet if the vehicle that person was driving was stolen or not.

If you have any information on this case, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.


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