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Police hunt hit-and-run driver

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Forest Park police are looking for the woman who was driving this vehicle when it struck a 60-year-old woman walking in the intersection Friday morning.

Special Photo Forest Park police are looking for the woman who was driving this vehicle when it struck a 60-year-old woman walking in the intersection Friday morning.

By Michael Davis

mdavis@news-daily.com

A Forest Park woman struck by an SUV while walking across Jonesboro Road Friday morning wants the driver -- who reportedly stopped briefly, apologized, then drove away from police -- to be prosecuted.

Carol Floyd, 60, was knocked down by a Jeep Grand Cherokee while crossing from the west side of Jonesboro Road to the east side at Conley Road, just after 8 a.m., Forest Park police said. An officer with the department happened to be coming to a stop at the intersection at the time, and witnessed the incident.

Floyd was in the crosswalk and reportedly had a go-ahead signal.

Police described the driver they are looking for as a white female in her late 20s or early 30s, with curly, blonde hair that is longer than shoulder length. Police said she appeared to be between 5 feet, 4 inches and 5 feet, 6 inches tall, and weighs 150 to 160 pounds. She was also described as wearing thick glasses.

"I felt really safe when I saw him [the police officer] at the light -- that nobody would disobey the traffic rules," said Floyd, who was walking to a bus stop on her way to her job as an administrative assistant in Riverdale, when she was struck. "I just thank God she didn't kill me."

While the officer was assessing Floyd's injuries, Forest Park Police Maj. Chris Matson said, the suspect asked if she could move her vehicle and the officer told her where to park. "The officer was tending to the victim and he turned around and looked over where he told her to put her car -- where she was at -- and she was gone," Matson said.

Forest Park Police Sgt. Jason Armstrong identified the officer at the scene as Cpl. Nathan Adams.

Floyd said she was on the ground and didn't see the woman, but heard her apologize. She said she didn't know until later that the woman had driven off.

"When I called the police station to thank the police officer for helping me by not letting the other drivers run over me, that's when they told me she fled the scene," Floyd said. "I'm very angry. I'm a human being. I'm not a dog ... I'm in the crosswalk. She had to see me. I want justice to be done."

Floyd said she was taken to Southern Regional Medical Center and that she suffered bruises and fractures to a leg, knee and arm. She was at home at the Parkside Crossing apartments Friday afternoon, and said, by phone, that she was being looked after by a neighbor.

When the officer at the intersection switched on his blue lights after Floyd was hit, the car's dash camera saved the previous minute of video and captured the incident on tape, Matson said. Police released images of the vehicle Friday in hopes that someone would recognize it and lead them to the suspect.

The black, Jeep Grand Cherokee, has a chrome step bar underneath the driver's side door, and police said it appeared to have an all-black wheel in the front, driver's-side position. Police also said the vehicle appeared to have a chrome license plate or centerpiece on the front bumper, and tinted rear passenger windows.

Anyone with information that could aid the investigation, is asked to contact Forest Park Police at (404) 366-4141.