Victim identified in Cullman County hit and run

GOOD HOPE, Ala (WIAT) —  UPDATE: Officials say they are looking for a possible Ford vehicle with damage to the passenger side review mirror.

A woman has been identified after a fatal hit and run accident on the 400 block of Schwaiger Road.

Cullman County Coroner Jeremy Kilpatrick has identified the woman as Helen Duke, 75.

Duke was hit by a car while walking near her mailbox outside her home.

Duke’s family was at her house this afternoon. They were planning to eat with her for Mother’s Day but couldn’t find her when they arrived.

Her son-in-law, Derek Cleghorn, said he found her near the road along with fragments of a broken mirror or headlight.

“Accidents do happen but you know, hit and run is a totally different thing and she deserved something better than being left in the ditch,” he said.

He said the family is still in shock, but they’re dealing with it the best they can.

“Shes going to be missed. This was home. All my kids came up and hung out. This was grandma’s house. Everybody wants to go to Grandma’s house. And we’ll see what happens from there. It’s still going to be grandma’s house and she’s not going to be here,” said Cleghorn.

Duke was a widow. Her husband was a Korean War P.O.W. She leaves behind five children and many grandchildren.

Summerville said troopers have not pinpointed a vehicle of interest but believes the vehicle maybe a Ford model vehicle and it maybe missing the passenger side rear-view mirror.

If you have any information, contact the Decatur Trooper Post at 256-353-0631.

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