Family makes plea for Davie hit-and-run victim

DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) - A family is making a painful plea after their loved one was struck and killed in a drive-by.

Several weeks have gone by since 80-year-old Emma Kelsoe was struck by a driver near her Davie home, Feb. 1.

Davie Police have since released an enhanced video of some of the surveillance footage that they said may help them identify the driver.

Kelsoe’s family gathered with Davie Police Wednesday to make a plea for anyone who has information about the crime, to come forward. “Please turn yourself in,” said Sara Rivera, the victim’s granddaughter. “It’s not fair what you’ve done to my family.”

“Yes, it does make you angry,” said Vicki McCall, the victim’s friend, “and whoever did this does need to come forward. Somebody knows something — the passenger in the car, they’re saying there was probably a passenger in the car — they know something.”

The victim was walking her dog and stopped to chat with a neighbor outside, at the time of the hit-and-run.

Police said the driver struck her from behind. They also believe that driver then looped around and passed by a second time before taking off. “It appears that the car comes back,” said Davie Police Captain Dale Engle, “turns around and comes back and actually observes what had happened, so these people know what they did.”

McCall, who was with the victim during the last moments of her life, was also injured but only suffered minor injuries. “Next thing I know, I was on the ground. I had the wind knocked out of me,” McCall said. “I really could not speak, breathe, and I was trying to yell for help.”

Kelsoe’s family contributed to the reward, totaling to $10,000 cash. “They need to come forward,” McCall said. “This family needs justice for their mom and their grandmother.”

The family said they cannot move forward until the driver is caught. “I think, as time has progressed, it has gotten harder on me,” Rivera said. “It’s gotten harder because I know there’s someone out there who did this, and they haven’t turned themselves in yet, or someone who knows, and they haven’t given us a tip.”

If you have any information on this hit and run, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for that cash reward.

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