Suspect wanted, community mourns hit-and-run victims in Alabama

PELL CITY, Ala. (WIAT) – A pedestrian was hit and killed in a hit and run in Pell City on Sunday.

According to Pell City Police, the victim was pulled over after confronting two suspects about broken-down vehicles at a home on Skyline Trail. On Monday, Chief Clay Morris identified the victim as Rebekah Poe, 48, of Pell City.

“Let me be very clear to the criminals who committed this act,” Morris said. “We will hunt you down and bring you to justice.”

According to Morris, Poe’s husband and daughter witnessed the accident. The news shocked Pell City.

Jon Glass is the senior pastor of Cropwell Baptist Church. He worked closely with Rebekah Poe in the Church, to whom she dedicated over 25 years of her life. Glass said she also brightened people’s days at the Waffle House for 30 years.

“She always had a smile and went that extra mile and really made each person feel special and important,” Glass said. “She will be missed by so many people in our church and also in the community.”

Police said the suspects were driving a dark-colored Dodge Charger and were last seen on Stemley Bridge Road in Pell City. The suspects are described as a young woman in her 20s with dark hair and prescription glasses and a young man with short blonde or light brown hair.

“These criminals really could have cared less about our victim’s life without regard to anything, brutally running over and killing her,” Morris said. “There is someone who will know these suspects. There were two suspects in the vehicle and someone will know them or they have told someone and we need those people to contact us.”

The congregation is asking for prayers for Poe – a daughter, mother and wife who died a few days before Thanksgiving.

“As she breathed her last here, she took her next breath in heaven in the presence of the Lord, and that brings comfort, as the Bible says that we who know the Lord do not grieve like those who have no hope. ‘ said Glass.

Morris said if you have any information about the incident, even if you think it’s minor, contact Sgt. Cooper at 205-884-3334. You can also contact CrimeStoppers at 205-254-7777. They are offering a $5,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest.

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