St. Paul police investigate deadly hit-and-run

March 18, 2019 10:22 PM

Family and friends are pleading for justice after a woman was killed in a hit and run.

St. Paul police say 22-year-old Taressa Wilson-Snyder was hit early Saturday morning at Maryland Avenue and Desoto Street. The driver took off, and Wilson-Snyder later died.


"She didn't deserve what happened to her," said Sarah Wilson, the victim's mother. 

Leaning on each other for comfort is how Wilson-Snyder's mother and other family are getting by. 

"She would still crawl into my lap and be my baby, and I'm never going to have that back," Wilson said. 



When officers arrived at the scene on Saturday morning, Wilson-Snyder was lying on her back, unconscious and in the road.

"I can't even imagine the thought process that goes into driving away after striking someone and possibly, in this case, killing them," said Sgt. Mike Ernster with the St. Paul Police Department. 

Ernster says they are still working to find out if there are any surveillance cameras in the area. 

"I would hope that the person responsible for this would call the police department, turn themselves in so we can close the book on this for the family," Ernster said. 

"How would you feel if someone did that to one of your family members," Wilson asked

Loved ones describe Taressa as loud, but full of life.

"Every time I think about it or see her pictures I start crying," said Angela Hobbs, the victim's aunt. 

Wilson-Snyder leaves behind a 5-year-old daughter.

"We're still trying to figure out how to tell her daughter she's not going to see her mommy anymore," Wilson said. 

While there is a sense of emptiness her daughter isn't coming home, Wilson hopes answers might ease some of that pain. 

"I want justice for my child, she deserves that," Wilson said. 

St. Paul Police say that some physical evidence was left at the scene by a vehicle. It is preliminary, but the suspect's vehicle could be a red Honda Civic, between the years of 1996 and 1998. 

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run is asked to contact the investigator with the St. Paul Police Department at 651-266-5921.

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