North Philadelphia

Family Begs for Justice After Mother of 4 Killed in North Philly Hit-and-Run

Velazquez died after the driver hit her while she was crossing the street early Saturday morning

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The family of 27-year-old LesMarie Velazquez was inconsolable as they pleaded for the driver responsible for hitting and killing the mother of four to turn themselves into police.

"Just destroyed. Broken," Velazquez's sister-in-law Devina Rivera told NBC10. "She was a good person."

Velazquez died after the driver struck her as she was crossing the street near the intersection of Luzerne Street and Whitaker Avenue in North Philadelphia around 2:55 a.m. Saturday morning, the Philadelphia Police Department said.

She was taken to Temple University Hospital, where she died at 5:14 a.m., police said.

The suspect's vehicle is described as a white or silver sedan with likely damage to the front right side. It was last seen going southbound on Whitaker Avenue, the PPD said.

Velazquez's family members gathered Tuesday with flowers and balloons to remember the mother of four children, and to search for justice.

"The kids are asking for their mom. 'Where is my mom?'" family friend Mayra Sosa said.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911, the department’s tip line at 215-686-TIPS (8477) or the Accident Investigation Division at 215-685-3180/3181.

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