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Memphis woman killed in hit-and-run was protecting children

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A woman walking with a group of children was struck and killed by a motorist who fled the scene Friday night.

29-year-old Rolanda Yancey had just left a store and was walking with about eight children when she was hit by a car on North Montgomery Street near Vollintine.

Witnesses said Yancey managed to get all the children out of harm's way just seconds before she was struck.

"She was trying to get the kids out of the street," said neighbor Yolanda Hardrick. "She stumbled back over. She didn't think the car was going to be that close to her."

Investigators said the car carried Yancey nearly 100 feet before the vehicle sped off.

On Saturday, neighbors placed stuffed animals in remembrance at the spot where Yancey was killed protecting young lives.

"She was killed helping kids across the street," said niece Alexandria Prince. "She loved children. She didn't have any, but she would do anything for anybody."

Prince says her aunt was a school bus monitor who adored children and regularly babysat her nieces and nephews.

Relatives described Yancey as a friendly, outgoing woman who loved to laugh and looked forward to celebrating her 30th birthday a few weeks from now.

Family members say they hope the person responsible for her death will be brought to justice.

Memphis police are searching for two suspects driving a dark-colored car with tinted windows, possibly an LTD or a Mercury.

If you have information that could aid police, call CrimeStoppers at (901) 528-CASH.

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