DETROIT – Police have identified the driver who was arrested in connection with a hit-and-run crash that killed two women this weekend on Detroit’s west side.
The crash happened just at 1:57 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.
“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 who was moving at a high speed 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.”
Police found the Kia Soul on Saturday, but not the driver.
On Monday morning, Detroit police announced that a woman was in custody. She had been identified as Jasmine Tiarra-Marshall Ansley, 25, of Oak Park.
Officials said Ansley was seen at a gas station near the crash scene removing items from the Kia Soul.
Investigation by the Detroit Police Department led to her arrest.
She is charged with two counts of failure to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in death and one count of tampering with evidence.
Ansley is expected to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon in 36th District Court.