MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis family is desperate for answers after a deadly hit and run crash.
Memphis Police say Anita Thames was killed Monday night when a driver hit her on Airways Blvd. and drove off.
“Just come forward, just be a human,” Thames' brother Casio Montez pleaded. “Be a human like she was a human, right your wrong. It’s as simple as that.”
FOX13 spoke exclusively with about a dozen of Thames' family members.
They said that’s just a snapshot of the number of loved ones who are left behind wondering why the driver didn’t stop to help her as she died in the roadway.
“To know that she was just on the phone with me and then I get another phone call saying she gone,” Montez said.
Thames' family is still trying to process her sudden death.
According to Memphis Police, the 54-year-old was driving on Airways Blvd. Monday night when her cell phone accidentally fell out of the car window.
Police said she turned around and got out of her car to get the phone. That’s when the report shows a dark-colored car hit Thames and dragged her for almost 140 feet down the road.
MPD said the driver kept going.
“She was a sister, she was a mom, she was a grandparent, she was a daughter, she was somebody and to be left in the middle of the street that was wrong, period,” Montez said.
Montez told FOX13 his sister was an outspoken woman who cared for everyone.
“She going to speak her mind no matter what you did,” he said. “She’s going to tell you what’s right and you might get cussed out behind it, but she didn’t mean no harm behind it. She just gonna tell you what she had to tell you and go about her business.”
He said Thames was the primary caregiver for five grandkids. Two of them were in the car when the crash happened.
Montez said his family is asking the community for help as police search for the driver.
He said they won’t feel any closure until whoever is responsible comes forward.
“We’re not the type of people to hold grudges and think that mistakes don’t happen but when you left the scene you had enough time to think about what you’ve done, not only to me, but to my sister, to us as a family my family is hurting behind this,” Montez said.
Montez said he’s been to the intersection where the crash happened a few times searching for any clues.
He’s also offering a $1,000 reward for information about the driver responsible for the crash.
If you have any information, you’re asked to call Crimestoppers.
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