NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - Newport News Police have the car that was involved in a fatal hit-and-run. Now, they need the public's help finding the driver.
Police said 54-year-old Marcella Spain was struck and killed by a white pick up truck on Warwick Boulevard Sunday night. Then, the driver took off.
Investigators told WAVY.com the day after the fatal hit-and-run an attorney notified police about the owner of the truck and the truck's whereabouts. The attorney told police that his client owned the car, but gave no other information. That is why police are asking the public to offer any information about who was driving the white truck on the day of the crash.
Police have asked the media not to show the truck's license plates because the owner has not been charged at this time.
"Merely owning the vehicle that was involved does not 100 percent mean that the owner was driving it," Newport News Police Officer D.J. Pointer said. "There is common sense and there's what we can prove."
Investigators said they cannot prove the owner of the truck was driving it on the day of the fatal hit-and-run on June 16.
"We would like an eyewitness to come forward that interacted with him [the driver] that evening and can place him as the driver of that motor vehicle at the time of the collision," Officer Pointer said.
No detail is too small. Police want any information about where the vehicle was and what the driver was doing.
"The person operating the vehicle: were they out to dinner? Were they out getting gas? What were they doing? Were they at a social club? They could have been anywhere," Officer Pointer said.
Investigators told WAVY.com they want to make sure they have the strongest case against the suspect, in part because of all the people the hit-and-run has hurt, like Spain's children, mother, and friends.
"We do not want to mishandle the case and have the family not have justice," Officer Pointer said. "We want to do everything right."
If you know anything about the hit-and-run on Warwick Boulevard Sunday night, police want you to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
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