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07/15/02

New Information on Sunday's Hit and Run

Police say the car that killed Dorothy Stevens was stolen.

Around 12:30pm yesterday afternoon, Stevens was leaving church when a black Mustang slammed into the back of her car. The impact smashed Stevens' car into a tree and several parked cars. Officers say she died instantly. The driver of the Mustang ran off on foot, and police are still looking for him.

Now family and friends of this 61-year-old woman are trying to cope with the tragedy.

Dorothy Stevens and her friend Maxine Jackson met a couple of years ago at the Butler Presbyterian Church. "After a church meeting," says Jackson, "we got into a conversation about automobiles, believe it or not."

And every Sunday thereafter, they would meet and chat and their friendship grew. But this past Sunday would be different. Jackson normally would have been at church yesterday, too, but didn't make it because she got home late the night before.

"I planned to call her when I returned from Florida and I didn't get a chance to," she says. "I thought it was too late. I said, I'll call her right after church tomorrow, and I didn't get a chance to."

Now fellow church members are coping, and remembering the positive attitude and helpful nature Stevens left behind. Patricia Mincey remembers, "When she left out yesterday, she seemed very happy and pleased."

"I know she's resting in peace and she's with the Lord and we all will see her one day," Maxine Jackson says.

Police advise to be on the lookout for someone you may know who may have unexplained injuries. The driver fled the scene, and police say he most likely needs medical attention.

If you have any information about this vehicular homicide, please call the Savannah Police Department or CrimeStoppers at 234-2020.

Reported by: Dmitra Denmark

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