The family of Janice Kelley wants the person who struck and killed her along Interstate 40 in Humphreys County February 8 to turn themselves in to authorities.
Kelley, 45, was hit and killed near mile marker 137 as she got out of her car on of I-40 west in Humphreys County around 6:30 p.m. last Friday.
The driver kept driving, and Kelley was not discovered until Saturday when a passing truck driver spotted her body on the side of the Interstate.
“This is really hard for me,” Kelley's daughter Shanice Kelley said. “I know that she was hit but I don't know if she died instantly or anything else.”
Kelley worries her mother suffered for several hours on the side of the interstate. She also wonders if her mother's life could have been saved if the driver who hit her would have stopped.
“You hit my mother,” Kelley said. “You didn't hit a cat or a dog you know you hit her.”
The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating the hit-and-run.
According to investigators, vehicle parts found at the scene suggest the vehicle that hit Kelley was a commercial truck.
The parts indicated a 2007 or newer model Peterbilt Model 388 or 389 truck.
THP is also looking for witnesses who may have seen the wreck Friday evening.
Kelley's family is grieving her loss. They describe her as a fun-loving woman who was working to build her jewelry design business.
“It has been rough,” Kelley's best friend LaTonya Thomas said. “We talked everyday she would call me everyday at 2:30 p.m., it is hard.”
Kelley's niece, Jamie Eldridge added, “It is just shocking and it is just hard because that was my aunt.”
Shanice Kelley said she misses her mother's calls as well and the bond they shared.
“It was that phone call everyday ‘what are you doing?'” Kelley said.
Kelley has questions for the driver of the truck that hit her mother.
“I want to know why you haven't come forward why did you not stop and help my mother,” she said.
Anyone with information about the wreck is urged to call THP investigators at 615-744-3091.
Kelley is making funeral arrangements for her mother, but financing for the service is a challenge because her mother did not have life insurance.
- February 9, 2013: Woman's body found on I-40