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Police may have found suspect vehicle in fatal hit and run

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Updated: 5/11/2013 2:44 am

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida Highway Patrol says it is making significant progress in the death of a local mother.

Marsha Bair, 35, was killed on April 28 after she was hit from behind by a speeding car on JTB near Kernan Boulevard.

Witnesses tell police the car was one of two that were racing. Bair's truck spun and flipped many times. She was taken off life support days later.

The alleged racers fled the scene without stopping.

Police identified pieces of the suspect's car and traced it to a 1998-2010 Volkswagen Beetle. Following an Action News report, a viewer called in a tip that led police to a car that is now being processed at the FDLE crime lab in Jacksonville.

It's a huge relief to Dawn Arisman, Bair's life partner.

"We're doing OK. One day at a time. One minute at a time."

Arisman calls the alleged racers cowards for not coming forward. She also tells Action News that a sticker on the back of Bair's truck may help police tie the suspect's car to the crime.

"It was a pride sticker, and I'm told some of it was on the pieces of her car and that's how they can tell it was involved."

Police haven't released details about their ongoing investigation, but say special paint and sticker residue have helped in past investigations.

"Historically, if vehicles have any kind of decaling or stickers, they'll actually transfer from one to the other," says Sgt. Dylan Bryan. "In this particular case, that's one of the avenues we were able to take to determine whether or not the vehicle was involved."

Bryan tells Action News the driver of the Beetle has been questioned, but no arrests have been made because they're not sure who was driving at the time of the crash.

Arisman hopes that person eventually comes forward.

"We'll get you. We're going to find you. If you're going to play, you're going to pay."

She's also thankful a viewer came forward to get them one step closer to closure.

"Thank you. Thank you so much. If it hadn't been for somebody paying attention, we don't know how long it would have taken."

Police are still looking for a green, Nissan, small-passenger vehicle that is the other alleged racing vehicle, based on witness statements.

Action News is told a benefit for Bair's family, including her young son, will be held on May 22 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Hamburger Mary's. The public is welcome and reservations are encouraged.

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Fred Thompson - 5/11/2013 11:59 AM
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Good' a positive step foward in finding one of the perps.
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