Reward offered for info on deadly hit-and-run in Clermont – WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando

8December 2020

CLERMONT, Fla.– A benefit was offered for info on the deadly hit-and-run crash from Nov. 21 in Clermont.

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Officers stated the crash left a terrific grandma of 9 dead, according to the Clermont Police Department.

According to Clermont Police, Diane Craig, 74, was struck by an automobile while trying to cross State Roadway 50 at Grand Highway at about 6:17 p.m. on Nov. 21. They found her lying in the roadway and was required to South Lake Health center prior to being airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center. Officers stated she passed away of her injuries on Nov. 22.

“We wanted to try and save her because you understand, she impacted everyone’s life,” stated her granddaughter Brandi Simmons, in tears on Nov. 23. “I’m sorry. She was the nicest individual anyone could ever meet.”

Simmons stated her grandma had actually just gotten off work at the Golden Corral in Clermont and was crossing the street to sneakily try to buy Christmas presents prior to getting selected up by her sweetheart.

”She was trying to be sneaky,” Simmons stated. “I hate that this happened to her, I truly do. Around the vacations it’s the toughest thing, and to understand she was most likely going to get my infant a toy or something for my brand-new house or something like that. Due to the fact that she always put someone else prior to her.”

The vehicle left the scene prior to the officers’ arrival, authorities stated. The suspect vehicle was referred to as a dark-colored automobile, potentially a more recent design Lexus, with front-end damage. Police state it was last seen headed east on State Roadway 50. Traffic private investigators inspected surveillance electronic cameras from nearby organizations however with no luck. For any info, call the Clermont Police Department Traffic Division or anonymously through Crimeline.

“Witnesses state after the crash happened this vehicle did pull over and stopped for some time and then left, nevertheless, we were unable to get a tag number,” stated Sergeant Malcolm Draper with the Clermont Police Department.”

Crimeline is offering a $5,000 reward for info on the event, the number for the tipline is 800-423-TIPS.

“I understand my grandma being who she was, she forgives them. I understand they are frightened. I understand they most likely didn’t understand what occurred, who knows what their situation, however I already understand that she forgives them,” Simmons stated. “I just desire them to come forward and let us understand what occurred. We forgive you, now that you left our grandma in the road to pass away, to pass away, justice requires to be served.”

The funeral house informed the family Craig had actually canceled her end of life insurance coverage just in 2015, they have developed a GoFundMe page to aid with the funeral.Source: clickorlando.com

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