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Family Of 78-Year-Old Grandmother Killed In Hit-Run-Accident Want Answers

Last updated on Tuesday, November 27, 2012

(BOONE COUNTY) - Family members say they can’t believe someone would hit their grandmother and drive off, and they’re begging the person who killed her to come forward.

Anita Wernsing, 78, was struck by a car as she walked from Mt. Tabor Primitive Church on State Road 267 to her home across the street Sunday.

The Boone County Sheriff tells Fox 59 he's fairly confident the person who hit Wernsing knew what had happened, but drove away instead of helping her.

"They hit a great grandma... and for them to find forgiveness in their heart for what they've done, they need to turn themselves in," Wernsing's granddaughter Mistie Linn said.

Linn said her whole family had gotten together at Thanksgiving, with Wernsing as usual helping with the cooking.

"She loved to cook and spoil us. She did everything she could to be a good grandma," Linn said.

Investigators have found some physical evidence and gotten tips in this case. They also encourage anyone with information to come forward.

Neighbors say they've spent years trying to get new restrictions in place on this stretch of 267 just outside Fayette. They say its been a dangerous area for a long time.

"This is really dangerous. Somebody is going to get killed here again," neighbor Ed Miller said.

Information in this case should be directed to the Boone County Sheriff's Office.

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