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Mother of Hit & Run Victim Seeks Justice
Barbara Truesdell is asking for someone to come forward for the sake of her son.
"It's very sad when you don't know who did this, who killed my son," said Truesdell. 46-year-old Timothy Allison had left his home where he lived with his mother to get some cigarettes.
"And the next thing I knew the highway patrol was here," said Truesdell. Officers then told her the news there had been an accident on 441 just about a mile from her house outside the Cherokee reservation.
"They told me he didn't make it," said Truesdell who has already lost two children one in another car accident. A friend was with Allison he was taken to the hospital but survived.
"We have basically not had any tips since the collision," said Sgt. Hugh Feinberg with Highway Patrol. "What we know is it was a dark-colored vehicle that struck them it wasn't an SUV, a passenger vehicle, most likely. But the car is missing a headlamp that was found here on the road."
"It was horrible," said Becky Ladner who saw the collision scene. "The man that's(sic) leg was broken was laying in the grassy knoll screaming, but he was screaming because his friend was dead. He said he had to get him home to his Mom."
441 is notoriously dangerous with people often risking their lives running across the highway. People who work along the stretch where the deadly accident took place count nine crash related deaths in recent years.
"We need better lighting and a speed limit," said Ladner who works at the Country Manor Inn on 441.
What the driver who hit Allison may not have realized is that he would not have been cited for the accident because it is illegal for pedestrians to walk across 441 since it's a US highway.
Barbara Truesdell is just hoping for someone to to come forward with information.
"It's sad when you don't know," said Truesdell. "I just hope someone comes forward."
If you have any information call Highway Patrol at 800-445-1772.
by Kimberly King
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