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Teen identified as driver in fatal St. Paul hit-and-run

March 20, 2019 10:16 PM

St. Paul police have identified the driver involved in the hit-and-run crash that killed a 22-year-old woman. 

The department tweeted a 17-year-old boy from St. Paul was identified as the driver and the red Honda Odyssey he was driving at the time was recovered. 

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Taressa Wilson-Snyder was hit early Saturday morning at Maryland Avenue and Desoto Street. When officers arrived at the scene, she was lying on her back, unconscious and in the road. She later died from her injuries.

St. Paul police investigate deadly hit-and-run

Police thanked those who called in with tips, saying the information they received was "pivotal" in moving the investigation forward.

The case is expected to go to the Ramsey County Attorney's Office within the next couple days, the department said, for charging consideration.

“Ever since this happened, ever since she left, I keep looking out the window waiting for her to come home,” said Kerry Lee Wilson-Snyder, her brother.

He said was hoping the driver would come forward.

“Letting us sit here in sorrow and pain, and dealing with this however we're dealing with it, is inhumane,” said Wilson-Snyder. “I really do hope he feels the pain we feel.”

Police said they located the young man through tips from the public.

“I was relieved because it does take some of the wonder off but there's still a whole lot of questions that need to be answered, should be answered,” said Sarah Wilson, her mother.

She also shared a message for the driver.

“Why didn’t you stop?” she said. “You knew you hit her, why did you not stop and then not to come forward?”

Wilson said stopping could’ve saved her daughter’s life. The young mother leaves behind her five year old daughter, the center of her world.

“She had a big heart, she had a big soul,” said Wilson. “She never gave up on you no matter who you were, she never gave up on you. We’re going to miss her, a lot.”

Even after her death, Taressa is still giving. She was an organ donor.

Her mother said her heart now beats inside of a woman in her 50's.

“Their life is there because of her life and one day I’m hoping to meet this person,” she said.

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