Father wants justice after children's mother killed in hit-and-run

Father wants justice after children's mother killed in hit-and-run
Walter Williams (Source: SCSO)
Walter Williams (Source: SCSO)
(Source: WMC Action News 5)
(Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A man is in jail after police said he is responsible for a hit-and-run that killed a woman Saturday.

The incident occurred at 6:05 p.m. at Hickory Hill Road and Meyers Road.

Police said Walter Williams drove away in a gold Cadillac after hitting the woman.

Police identified the woman as 24-year-old Clarissa Rhodes.

Investigators said Rhodes was attempting to cross the street on Hickory Hill when she was hit by Williams' vehicle. She was thrown in the air by the impact and hit another car.

Officers said Williams never stopped.

"He didn't care. He didn't stop," Rhodes' boyfriend Pierre Thomas said. "She could have been saved the first hit. He could have stopped the traffic, but he didn't stop. I just want to ask him why he didn't stop."

Rhodes was pronounced dead at the scene.

"We saw a body lying in the road and we turned around and came running back and saw it was a young lady," one witness said.

"She's still a baby. She's still young," witness Deandre Palmer said.

Thomas said Rhodes leaves behind their three children, ages 5, 3 and 1.

"A dad could be there. Dads come and go, but a mama," Thomas said. "She's strong; she has to be there. She carries them in the womb."

Police took Williams into custody after finding his car in the 5800 block of Winchester Road. He was still behind the wheel when police arrived.

"For somebody to kill somebody in the middle of the street like that, like a dog, that would make anybody with a heart feel bad," Palmer said.

Williams is charged with vehicular homicide, leave the scene of an accident involving death, DUI, reckless driving, public intoxication, no driver's license and no insurance.

"He took the most important thing in my family," Thomas said. "That's the mama. They don't know what's going on. They just want their mama to come home."

Thomas said he simply wants justice for his family.

"You left three kids without a mother. Why would you do that?"

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