Family, friends remember 2 mothers killed in hit-and-run incident on Detroit’s west side

25-year-old Oak Park woman arrested

Family and friends of Brittany Jones, 28, and Erica Yancey, 38, gathered Tuesday evening outside King and Queens Hall trying to cope with their tragic loss through prayer.

DETROIT – Family and friends of Brittany Jones, 28, and Erica Yancey, 38, gathered Tuesday evening outside King and Queens Hall, trying to cope with their tragic loss through prayer.

Jones was a mother of three children and Yancey was a mother of four.

“I’m so devastated,” said Jones’ mother, Paula Miller. “She was always the giving and sweet young lady and I’m so sorry that this happened to her.”

“My big sister was like a second mom to me because she set that standard. She taught me how to be a young lady,” said Yancey’s sister, Kyiesha Johnson. “We’re focused on healing as a family and making sure her children are better than OK because as a unit and a family, we’re going to make sure of that.”

The sister-in-laws were leaving the hall after 1 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, when they were hit by an SUV that didn’t stop.

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.

Ansley 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.


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