Hit and run kills East Texas mom

By Sara Story - bio | email

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas mom is dead after a fatal hit and run, and police are still searching for the person who hit her. Longview police say Tracey Turk, 29, was crossing South Green Street Sunday night when she was hit by a car.

A cross sits on the side of the intersection where authorities found Tracey Turk after a car hit her and fled the scene. It marks her death and symbolizes her family's faith. "I know that person is hurting that did this, and the best thing they can do is come forward and help this pain to go away for everybody, but most of all for themselves. They need to know that this family forgives them," said Doc Turk, Tracey's father.

Turk describes his daughter as a loving sister and mother of an 8 year old girl. He said, "Her daughter's last report card was the best she ever had. Tracey's life revolved around that daughter. That was her stability in life." Kayla Scott, Tracey's close friend, added, "Her daughter came first, that was for sure. She was a wonderful mother, and that is the most heartbreaking thing about all of this."

Authorities say Tracey was crossing the road where there is no cross walk. The car they are looking for is a 1992 to 1994 gold or pewter Mercury Grand Marquis, and officials say it should have a dent in the front as a result of the accident.

Friends and family say it's unclear why Tracey was in Longview at the time of the accident. "If anyone has any information, if they could please help and let us have some closure on this," said Scott.

Turk said he wants to send this message to the person responsible. "I know you are a person, and God loves you, and this family loves you. If you can't find anybody else, you can find me, and you'll find a friend."

If you have any information, contact the Longview Police Department.

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