ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – A mother who was trying to get help after her car broke down was hit and killed in St. Petersburg last night, according to police.
Phelexis Jakara Robinson, 26, broke down at the intersection of 34th Avenue South and Martin Luther King Jr. Street. Police say she was standing next to her Lincoln when she was hit and killed by a speeding hit-and-run driver.
Surrounding a makeshift memorial near the scene of the crime, a few dozen family and friends lit candles to remember Robinson by. They demanded the suspect turn him or herself in.
“Somebody is going to pay… we ain’t playing around here” Phelexis’ aunt Geraldine Robinson said.
“Innocent life just took away for no reason, you know what I’m saying cause of an idiot” Phelexis’s father Phelix Robinson said to News Channel 8 earlier that day.
Police say the Infiniti sedan that hit her continued onto 37th Avenue. One or two people then jumped out of the car and abandoned it, according to a police spokesperson.
Officers say the Infiniti had been stolen out of Hillsborough County.
Robinson leaves behind one daughter, her family tells News Channel 8.
Anyone with information is asked to call the St.Petersburg Police Department.