Woman arrested in hit-and-run crash that killed 2 on Detroit’s west side this weekend, police say

Erica Yancey, Brittany Jones killed by hit-and-run driver; 30-year-old woman arrested

30-year-old woman arrested in connection with deaths of women

DETROIT – A 30-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run crash that killed two women this weekend on Detroit’s west side, police said.

UPDATE: Suspect identified by police

The crash happened just before 2 a.m. Saturday (Oct. 16) on Schaefer Highway, south of Fenkell Avenue, according to Detroit police.

Officials said Erica Yancey, 38, and her sister-in-law, Brittany Jones, who was in her 20s, were crossing Schaefer Highway on their way home from a banquet hall.

Erica Yancey (WDIV)
Brittany Jones (WDIV)

“I was asleep last night,” said Antonio Pickett, Yancey’s father. “Her mother called me about 2 o’clock. Told me my daughter had been hit and she wasn’t responsive. I’m half sleep. I wake up. She was on foot and found out she got hit.”

Detroit police said the women were struck and killed by a driver in a dark-colored Kia Soul. That driver fled the scene after the crash, authorities said.

“They struck her -- her sister-in-law was right next to her, and they struck, both of them at the same time,” Pickett said. “Her sister-in-law was dragged a few blocks. I’m confused. I want answers. Somebody knows something. She’s got four kids, and the youngest is 3. The oldest is 19. They want their mother. They miss their mother.”

Police found the Kia Soul on Saturday, but not the driver. Zachary Dickerson, with Proof Technologies Corporation, heard about the hit-and-run and stepped in to help.

“I’m angry and I feel terrible,” Dickerson said. “We at Proof Technologies are offering a $5,000 cash reward for any information leading to the conviction of the perpetrator of this crime.”

On Monday morning, Detroit police announced that a 30-year-old woman is in custody. They said she surrendered to police.

The investigation continues.

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Anyone with information is asked to contact the Detroit Police Department at 313-596-5200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-Speak-Up.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Detroit Police Department at 313-596-5200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-Speak-Up.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Detroit Police Department at 313-596-5200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-Speak-Up.

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