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Family of mother killed in hit and run seeks help finding drivers

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DETROIT – Dozens of friends and family gathered Wednesday near the spot where Darlene Austin lost her life trying to help someone else.

"To get hit and nobody help her after she helped somebody, that's real hurtful to us," said a family member.

The 36-year-old mother of three was helping a woman in a wheelchair cross the street near Seven Mile Road and Beland Street at around 10 p.m. Tuesday when she slipped and was hit by two cars. It happened right across the street from where she lived.

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Neighbors say the new LED street lights just installed in the area were not working and it's common to see cars speeding by.

"I know it had something to do with the accident because it's so dark out here that you can't see," said neighbor Darnell Wilson. "Seven Mile between Hoover and Outer Drive is Seven Mile wild and they don't care."

Our cameras caught utility crews fixing those lights Wednesday night. And they were working fine later in the evening.

As for Austin's family, they've set up a GoFundMe page to help with her burial while they beg the people who did this to turn themselves in.

"It's not right," said Austin's cousin Michelle Thomas. "They need to get these lights over here and just make a difference like have a conscience. We're hurting. You wouldn't want it to be your family member."

"There is no such thing as a snitch," said Austin's cousin Carmeshia Thomas. "If it was your family member you would want somebody to speak up. Please speak up and help us. Help us get closure."

Wednesday would have been Darlene Austin's 37th birthday.

Police are looking for an older model blue pick-up truck with a ladder rack and an unknown sedan. If you know anything, call police.

If you would like to help the family with burial expenses, click here.


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