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Victim's family asks driver to come forward in deadly hit-and-run

Sketch of driver wanted in fatal hit-and-run (Source: Sumter Police Dept.) Sketch of driver wanted in fatal hit-and-run (Source: Sumter Police Dept.)
Jeanette Harrison, killed in hit-and-run (Source: Sumter Police Dept) Jeanette Harrison, killed in hit-and-run (Source: Sumter Police Dept)
SUMTER, SC (WIS) -

Photos show Jeanette Harrison as the centerpiece of her family.   

Her family said her death leaves an emptiness. So much so, her husband, Edward, is speechless at times.

"It was just a shock," he said. "I had no idea. None of us did,  that would be the way she would leave this earth."

Around 7 a.m. on October 25th, Jeanette was crossing Calhoun St. towards Tuomey Hospital in Sumter on her way to visit a friend recovering from surgery.

That's when Sumter Police say a woman hit the 70-year-old and kept going. Harrison died.

"The doctors said they had done everything they could."

"We were married for 39 years," said her husband. "She was my partner, my encourager, my supporter. It's a tremendous void not to have her here."

She leaves behind a son and daughter, two grandchildren and one more on the way.

"Just watching them grow up, having them know her, 'cause she was such a wonderful woman," said daughter Beth Herring. "She had so many great things to share."

"I feel stolen from," said son Chris Harrison.

Police are hoping a sketch of the woman they suspect was driving the car that hit Harrison will help them give the family some answers. They believe the young woman was driving a dark colored, new model vehicle.

It may have damage to the front and side. They're hoping someone will recognize her face and speak up.

Police believe that the driver frequently commuted in that area. If you know anything that can help, call Crimestoppers at 1-888-Crime-SC.

"I pray for that individual daily," said Edward Harrison. "That the Lord will speak to that person."

"We as a family we want to forgive," said Chris. "We want the opportunity to do that."

"Help us heal."

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