NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - Newport News Police have identified the driver of a vehicle involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash Sunday, but have not released his name.
Police and medics responded to the intersection of Warwick Boulevard and Hilltop Drive around 9 p.m. where a female pedestrian had been hit by a pickup truck and left on the ground as the truck drove away, Lou Thurston with the Newport News Police Department said. Medics pronounced the woman dead at the scene.
Holly McPherson with the Newport News Police Department said Monday the woman was identified as Marcella Yvette Spain, 54, of the 300 block of Hilltop Drive. Spain died near her home.
"It doesn't feel good," said Spain's daughter Charity Mathis. "No matter what type of relationship you have with your parents you never want to hear that your parent has been killed by a hit-and-run driver."
"How can they hit somebody's daughter, wife, sister and run," asked Spain's mother Annie Riddick.
The truck -- described as being white with an extended cab and steel toolbox in the truck bed -- was found, Monday afternoon in the suspect's neighborhood, very close to the crash site, according to McPherson.
"I just pray to the Lord she is in heaven," Mathis said.
"That wasn't a dog they hit," Riddick said. "That was a life they took."
McPherson said a detective has figured out who the driver is, but charges are pending. Detectives must have the Commonwealth's Attorney decide what charges to make against the driver before he can be arrested.
"We are wondering right now who was this person," said Spain's brother Stephen Riddick. "What type of person would do something like that?"
"An evil person," Mathis answered. "Somebody who doesn't have a heart."
The vehicle was reported to have received extensive damage to the front end of the truck.
"We want justice, and justice would be finding the person who killed my mom, hit her and ran," Mathis said.
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