ST. LOUIS - A man is now behind bars after police say he fatally struck a grandmother while drag racing, then fled the scene.
It happened around 11:30 a.m. Friday in the 4200 block of Natural Bridge.
Doletha Hudson, 55, was struck and killed as she crossed the road to get to a grocery store.
"The car just came down the road speeding and hit her. Half her body was on the street, half her body was still in the car. Her body was just dismembered, due to someone hitting her. Someone speeding. Someone who should've known better," said Stacy Hudson Kidd, Hudson's daughter.
It was a horrifying sight for witnesses on the scene, and unimaginable to her eldest daughter. Stacy Hudson Kidd, who had to hear about it hundreds of miles away from her home in Florida.
Hudson died on impact.
The driver left the scene and the car was found abandoned. But within hours, police announced a 21-year-old suspect was in custody.
Tre'Vion Cunningham has been charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter, armed criminal action and leaving the scene of an accident with physical injury.
According to the police report, Cunningham was street racing when he struck Hudson. He then abandoned his car and reported it stolen. The hit-and-run was caught on surveillance video, and Cunningham later admitted to the crime.
Kidd says Hudson, a homemaker originally from Mississippi, had three kids, and four grandkids.
A GoFundMe site has been set up to help bring Hudson back to Mississippi to be laid to rest.
"I feel empty inside. I know my mom is going to a better place. God knows that's not the way I wanted her to leave here. But I know it's in his hands, and he's got his hands around her," said Hudson-Kidd.
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