'All I want is justice:' Man mourns girlfriend killed in hit-and-run

'All I want is justice:' Man mourns girlfriend killed in hit-and-run
Williams (Source: SCSO)
Williams (Source: SCSO)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A family is grieving after a mother of three was killed by a man police said was drunk when he committed a hit-and-run.

"He took someone away from my family," Pierre Thomas said.

Thomas is mourning the loss of his girlfriend, 24-year-old Clarissa Rhodes.

"I done cried all my tears out," Thomas said. "All I want is justice."

Rhodes was killed after police said Walter Williams, 49, hit and killed her with his car before leaving the scene.

Rhodes was crossing the street at Hickory Hill Road and Meyers Road.

"He just took a key out of the girls' life," Thomas said. "He took the most important thing in my family. That's a momma."

Rhodes leaves behind two daughters and a son. At ages five, three and one, Thomas said he still does not know how to explain her death to them.

Williams faces charges including driving without a license or insurance and DUI. Police said he had slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and was stumbling when they arrested him.

"He don't care," Thomas said. "He didn't stop. She could have been saved. The first hit, he didn't stop the traffic. But he didn't stop. I just want an answer why he didn't stop. That's the only thing you had to do was stop."

Williams' bond is set at $100 million.

Thomas said he is determined to see that justice is served, and no amount of money or jail time will ever replace the life lost.

"You left three kids without a mother, but I'll be there every court date. I'll be there."

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