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New evidence discovered on day of funeral for hit-and-run victim

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Updated: 11/20/2013 6:39 pm
ST AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- On the day Haley Smith was laid to rest, investigators got a break in the case of her hit-and-run death.

As snapshots of her life were shared, like memories placed inside a time capsule for safekeeping, those who knew and loved Smith clung to each other. Her funeral was a final farewell to a young woman so full of promise.

"She was definitely someone that would have made it somewhere big and always made people happy," said Savannah Maurer.

Smith's died when she was hit by a vehicle Saturday while walking on the side of Kenton Morrison Road. The driver never stopped.

"The person that did this knew they hit something. And they knew. Why didn't they stop?" said Nancy Harrison.

"He left her like a dog pretty much on the side of the road," said Breanna Wilson.

On Wednesday, police got a possible break in the case. They said they the found the passenger-side mirror of the suspect's vehicle at the crash site. The hunt is on for a small pickup truck with damage on the passenger side. In the same place the new evidence was found, Smith's loved ones pray that justice is in sight.

"If the leads that they're saying (pan out), it's getting very close. And God be with them," said Harrison.

Jo-Lee Manning, Smith's mother, said her faith is strong that somewhere in the new clues and evidence is the answer, and someone will eventually pay the price for taking Smith's life.

"I have all the confidence in the world in the Sheriff's Department. I believe that they are doing all they can," Manning said.

Harrison said even with Smith gone, she can still feel her presence.

"Now Haley's our little angel looking down on us and saying it's OK now," she said.

The family placed a new cross at the memorial site following the funeral.


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c9bcrewman - 11/20/2013 5:42 PM
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hey scum bag man up your a low life at best. terrible shame a life is lost to a thug. he deserve's life when caught.
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