Family seeks justice in Raleigh hit-and-run
Posted January 1, 2012
Updated January 2, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. — Raleigh police are searching for a dark-colored, mid-size pickup truck with damage to its front end Sunday after a hit-and-run wreck killed a woman on South Saunders Street.
Melissa Johnson, 32, was struck while crossing the road near Maywood Drive around 7:15 p.m., police said. She was walking to the store from her home on nearby Summit Avenue.
The truck was last seen traveling southbound on South Saunders Street.
"We have detectives from the field operations division and the special operations division talking to people. This is a top priority for the department, and we're just trying to gather as much information as we can," Sgt. Ethan Brinn said.
Anyone with information is asked to Crime Stoppers at 919-834-HELP.
Melissa Johnson's parents have visited the scene of the wreck. They said they are looking for justice and want the driver to be held accountable for his or her actions.
"I hope they find him. I don't know how anybody could do such a terrible thing. Take away somebody's life like that," Johnson's mother, Tammy Johnson, said Monday. "I love her so much. She means everything to me."