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Police release video of vehicle of interest in deadly hit-and-run near hospital

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Scene of hit-and-run Thursday in Sumter Scene of hit-and-run Thursday in Sumter
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Sumter Police have released video of a car they are looking for in connection with a deadly hit-and-run Thursday morning. 

Sumter County Coroner Harvin Bullock said 70-year-old Jeanette Harrison of Sumter was walking to Tuomey Hospital to visit a friend whose husband was having surgery when she was hit by a car.  The driver of the vehicle did not stop.

Police said the accident happened around 7:30 Thursday morning at a crosswalk on Calhoun Street.

The coroner said Harrison died from severe head trauma.

Police have very limited information on the vehicle that hit Harrison.

They are looking for a small, white car, possibly a Ford Mustang,  that was last seen heading east on Calhoun Street. Investigators think the people in the vehicle in the video may have information in the case.

"She's going to be sadly missed around here," said Michelle Copeland. "I'm going to miss her."

Copeland is used to seeing her neighbor Harrison every day.

"She would walk every morning. You'd see her walk," said Copeland. "She was so 'boistful,' full of life, good Christian woman that she is."

Harrison was walking to Tuomey Regional Medical Center to visit a friend whose husband was having surgery when she was hit and killed by a car.

"We just don't know how fast the car was going or anything like that at this moment but we're continuing our investigation and we will try to make those determinations as we go along," said Sumter Police Staff Sgt. Anthony Williams.

During that time of day, Rivers says there is a lot of pedestrian traffic on Calhoun Street with people coming and going from the hospital

"My heart broke," said Copeland. "The good Lord took a good one home. She's going to be sadly missed around here because she's someone you'd like to see everyday. Smiling."

Copeland is hoping the suspect's conscience kicks in so there can be justice for her friend.

"I hope whoever did this comes forward because you can only carry this with you so long and you have to come out and turn yourself in and tell the truth, tell what you did," she said.

If you have any information about this incident, you are urged to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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