DETROIT (WWJ) – Detroit police called it a “horrific incident.”
Every Thursday, 55-year-old Darlene Yeargin would volunteer to help the needy at the Assemblies of God Church on Puritan near the Southfield freeway; but on Feb. 20, a tragedy happened on the way.
As Yeargin crossed the street — near Asbury Park on Detroit’s west side — at around 6:30 p.m., she was struck by a car. Before help could arrive, she was run over by a van as she lay in the road.
Neither driver stopped at the scene, and Crime Stoppers of Michigan is now offering a $2,500 reward for tips leading to an arrest in the case.
Yeargin’s sister, Carol Martin, spoke with reporters on Thursday, pleading for tips from the public to help find the hit-and-run drivers.
“It’s not a good place for me today,” Yeargin said, through tears. “I can’t pick up the phone now…I can’t pick up the phone and say, ‘Girl, whatchu doin’?’ I can’t go to my address book and say, ‘Oh, let me send her a card. I can’t do it.'”
The suspect vehicles are a dark-colored, 2002 or 2003 Chevy Monte Carlo and a white conversion van.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-SPEAK UP. You can also text your tip to CRIMES (274637).