TARENTUM, Pa. — Police have arrested and charged a Westmoreland County woman in a hit-and-run that left a young mother and daughter seriously injured.
Police say approximately three minutes after hitting both victims, the woman went shopping for 20 minutes at a nearby grocery store down the road.
“Right now my emotions are all over the place, to be honest. I want to be happy that we did apprehend the woman responsible for the incident, but then she was let go,” said Lanae Manley Jackson, sister and aunt of the victims in the crash.
Police say Lois Davis of Lower Burrell critically injured 26-year-old Lyric Jackson and her 9-year-old daughter Symia Jackson.
Davis is now charged with two felony counts for causing an accident involving death or injury, and failure to stop or render aid.
The incident happened the evening of Jan. 30 near the Tarentum Bridge.
“I hope she takes the time out to gain a soul, gain a heart, cause she clearly had none,” said Manley Jackson.
Surveillance footage in the area captured the Jacksons crossing the street while the light was green.
Police say Davis had the right of way. However, she plowed into the young mother and daughter and kept going.
“Regardless if she had the green light or not, she should’ve stopped and (she) didn’t,” said Manley Jackson.
According to the criminal complaint, police tracked down Davis at her home, where they spotted her damaged Chevy Trax.
She told officers that after work she stopped at a Sam’s Club in Monroeville and a Giant Eagle in New Kensington, but she claims she didn’t notice the damage on her car until she got home, and never admitted to hitting anyone.
Police then reviewed surveillance footage from the Giant Eagle in Tarentum, and spotted Davis go in and come out with groceries in the same heavily-damaged car.
They say the hit and run had happened minutes before.
“She had damaged our families. I hope she takes the time out honestly to go back and reflect on the damage she has done to my family.”
Family members confirm Lyric Jackson is still on a ventilator with severe swelling on the brain and blood clots in her neck.
Symia has been treated and released, but she is still undergoing therapy for trauma.
Davis will go before a judge for her preliminary hearing on Jan. 19.
If you want to donate to the family’s GoFundMe account, click here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/u7j9k-the-road-to-recovery.
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