Woman accused of deadly hit-and-run turns herself in
WTMJ News Team
Jermont Terry reportsPhoto: Video by tmj4.com
MILWAUKEE- A hit-and-run driver turned herself in to Milwaukee police on Friday.
Milwaukee police spent four days looking for the 25-year-old woman after she ditched her car in a neighborhood once she knew investigators were on to her.
Crystal Perry was on the run for days. Court papers obtained by TODAY'S TMJ4 show police arrested Perry for running over and killing Kendrick Finch as he tried crossing Fond du Lac Avenue near Hampton Avenue Sunday morning.
Finch's cousin, Roger Harston, was on his way to Tennessee for the funeral when TODAY'S TMJ4 told him the driver surrendered.
"She didn't try to stay there with him to try to comfort him or nothing. She could have just stayed there with him," says Harston. "I'm happy. It'll give the family closure now and she can tell her side of the story of what really happened."
Police put out a bulletin for a black Lexus with severe front end damage. Police say that's the kind of car Perry was driving when she hit Finch. Witnesses say she stopped, got out and then took off. Three days later, with her attorney by her side, she turned herself in to the district attorney.
The woman told the district attorney she ditched the Lexus in an alley near 27th and Stark. When officers arrived, they found the Lexus with all the front end damage but also determined the impact was so bad the air bags deployed.
Finch's family believes Perry knew she killed him.
"If you really didn't know what you are doing why would you ditch the car," wonders Harston.
It's unclear if Perry was drunk and investigators may never know because she waited so long to surrender to authorities. The case is under review by the district attorney and charges are pending.