Family, friends remember Elkhart hit-and-run victims
Police in Elkhart have yet to find the person who killed three people in a hit and run last weekend.
On Friday morning, family and friends of Courtney Smith, Dolly Smith and Shawn Wolcott showed up to church to give love and support to their families.
“Everybody always asks, ‘what's the worst thing you've ever seen?’” Lt. Bill Sullivan from the Elkhart Fire Department said.
“We thought it was a checkpoint for drunk drivers,” Meaghen Dyer said.
People at an Elkhart church Friday say they won't soon forget the flashing lights on Beardsley Avenue last Saturday.
“We hope we never see it again,” Lt. Sullivan said while describing the scene.
“I walk on that street getting milk and ice cream with my child,” Eric Thompson said. “And I think about what if that had been us?”
That was the place where Dolly Smith, Courtney Smith and Shawn Wolcott were killed when they were run over by a car. Friday was a chance to remember the little girls.
“Courtney deserved to grow up. She was 11 years old,” Dolly’s grandmother Yvonne Thomas said.
The ones who survived Saturday now have wounds and heavy hearts.
“He tried several times to get out of that bed,” Thomas said while talking about Dolly’s father Brad. “And he would've walked here himself if he had to. But there was never a doubt in his mind he was coming to see his baby.”
The family says they're grateful for the kind wishes, especially among the first responders who showed up to the catastrophic call six days ago.
“I hugged every single fireman and police officer,” Thomas said.
“It's just tragic that three beautiful lives had to be taken,” Dyer said.
This week, Elkhart police announced they found what they believe was the car that hit the family.
“The driver should definitely have stopped after what happened. But instead, he hit two more vehicles and still kept on going,” Dyer said.
“It doesn't bring closure, but I want that person to be responsible for his actions,” Thomas said.
As of Friday afternoon, Elkhart police say they haven't yet arrested who they believe was driving the car.
There is a GoFundMe page set up for Dolly's mother.
Friends and family say Brad, who’s in a wheelchair with two broken legs, may not be able to walk on his own for about two years. They say he’ll need surgery and physical therapy.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Elkhart Police Department at 574-295-7070.