Kansas City police have located the SUV and identified the driver in a hit-and-run crash that killed 25-year-old Jyra Hill as she was walking across U.S. 71 at Gregory Boulevard Friday night.
No arrest was announced Monday, but the investigation is continuing, police said.
Hill was crossing the highway at the light about 11:15 p.m. Friday on her way to get something to eat for her 8-year-old son, said her aunt, Shelley Riley.
She was walking west to east on the crosswalk across U.S. 71 when the SUV, a Chrevolet Equinox hit her, police said, and it did not stop.
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Hill’s mother, whom she and her son live with, became worried when she did not return and called police the next morning when she heard an unidentified young woman was hit on the road, Riley said.
The death has shaken the family, Riley said.
“I think about her and smile and cry at the same time,” Riley said. “My heart goes out to her child. If I had one wish right now, I would use it to ask for more time with Jyra.”
Hill was a nurse and she and her aunt had gone to nursing school at the same time, she said. Some of that time together was at Metropolitan Community College — Penn Valley.
“I remember her baby-face smile,” Riley said. “I remember … seeing her run down the hall at school laughing and smiling, saying that’s my Auntie Shelley and giving me a big hug.”
The family will continue to mourn, she said, but they are glad to hear that police may know who was driving the SUV.
“That is a sigh of relief,” she said. The ordeal has been “taking its toll,” she said. “It’s just rough.”
Hill’s family has set a GoFundMe.com page, “In Jyra Hill’s Memory” that they say they hope can help establish a college fund for her son, and help cover some costs of his care.