East Texan who loved serving others killed in hit and run

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LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Their mother was killed crossing the street, and now, an East Texas family needs anyone who saw anything to come forward.

Longview Police say Lycette Newsom, 60, was hit, possibly by a pickup truck, just before midnight Saturday on Highway 80 near Third Street. That is right by Good Shepherd Medical Center.

Monday, Newsom's family said they just want to know how this could have happened.

Her family she lived to serve others, as a nurse most of her life and even caring for elderly patients at a home for the disabled.

"She was a caregiver to everybody," said Roxxann Newsom, Lycette's daughter.

"She is - she was one of if not the most caring, loving people I've eve had the privilege of knowing," said Jeanne Ann Lea. "She literally spent her entire life taking care of other people."

But, her life ended tragically Saturday night. Police say Lycette Newsom was crossing Highway 80 to run into Walgreen's when someone hit her and kept driving.

"Evidently a witness was outside Walgreen's and heard the accident happen...and he ran over to the area and found the woman laying on the side of the roadway," said Officer Kevin Brownlee, with the Longview Police Department.

Newsom's daughter was on the phone with her mom around the time of the incident. She and her two brothers are grief-stricken and want to find the driver responsible.

"I just don't understand how someone could just leave her on the side of the road," said Newsom. "I mean that's somebody's grandma, somebody's mother, somebody's sister. She was my mom."

On surveillance video, police did spot a white truck at the location around that time. They are now asking you to be on the lookout for a similar vehicle with possible front end damage.

"If they know of a white vehicle or a vehicle that somebody is trying to hide or somebody has told them about an accident they have been involved in, we're just asking them to call Crime Stoppers and help us solve this case," said Brownlee.

They are hoping to help Newsom's family find some peace during this difficult time.

Family members are setting up a memorial fund to help cover expenses. If you would like to help them, you can donate at any Chase Bank location under the name Lycette Newsom.

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