Police continue search for driver responsible for fatal hit-and-run
Published: August 24, 2013
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ST. CROIX - It has been almost a week since a hit-and-run driver fatally struck Naldine Foster Hector as she walked on Northside Road with her 4-year-old grandson, and police say they remain vigilant in looking for her killer as they ask the community to continue keeping their eyes and ears open for clues that would lead to the driver.
Jasmine Hodge, a motorist, reported finding the boy walking alone with a yellow raincoat on the stormy morning near Five Corners intersection, just moments after his 59-year-old grandmother was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver a few yards away. She picked up the boy and began driving, then saw the injured woman on the side of the road and sought assistance from police.
V.I. Police spokeswoman Melody Rames said police still are seeking the driver involved in the fatal accident and that the vehicle may be a dark-colored Suzuki Vitara, Grand Vitara or Sidekick that sustained front-end damage. That could include damage to the bumper, the front grill, the hood, windshield or damage on either side panels or doors, according to police.
Police have asked body shops and car repair businesses to call them immediately upon seeing a vehicle fitting this description and also are appealing for information from anyone who saw the incident or anything unusual, Rames said.
St. Croix Police Chief James Parris said Friday that he wanted to thank the community for the help they are giving to police to locate the person responsible for the fatal hit-and-run.
"We have not located the suspect in this heartless crime yet, but we are so grateful for the many calls we have gotten from people who believe they may have seen the vehicle," Parris said.
"Every time we get a tip, my officers travel to the area and make an inspection," he said.
Parris said there are many other avenues investigators are pursuing to identify the vehicle and its driver, and police also are working with other law enforcement agencies and using all other resources that are at their disposal. He said he can't fully disclose everything police are doing, but the department is leaving no stone unturned.
"I want to urge the person who was involved in this fatal hit-and-run, to turn yourself in. It's only a matter of time before all this catches up to you," Parris said.
Rames said the case is under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau and Traffic Investigation Unit.
Anyone with information can call 911 or call the anonymous tip line at Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-8477.
- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.