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Devastated Family Pleads For Tips In Woman's Hit-And-Run Death

"Even if it was an accident, just please come forward"

July 02, 2019 - 5:38 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - This holiday weekend will be a somber time for a local family looking for answers in the hit-and-run death of a loved one.

Monica Swenders was run down by a driver on Fort Street at Calvary in Southwest Detroit, early in the morning of Friday, May 31.

Police called to the scene found the 31-year-old woman unresponsive in the westbound lane, and she was taken to a local hospital where she died of her injuries. The driver of the vehicle -- believed to be a 2014-15 Ford Fusion, likely with left front end damage -- didn't stop and has not been identified. 

Now Crime Stoppers of Michigan is offering cash reward of up to $2,500 for the tip that solves this case. 

"It's been devastating for the family," said Swenders' mother, Helena Swenders, speaking to reporters at news conference on Tuesday. 

"Even if it was an accident, just please come forward," she said. "You will be forgiven if you just come forward. God forgives everybody."

Swenders graduated from John Glen High School in Westland and had worked at worked at Heartland Rehabilitation Services in Canton. She is remembered for her love for people, with a special interest in child care. She also enjoyed movies, and was the proud mother to her son Adin. 

Anyone with information about this crime should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP (1-800-773-2587). Tips may also be submitted by texting CSM and the tip to CRIMES (2746370). As always, tipsters may stay 100 percent anonymous, will not be asked their names, to speak to police or to testify in court.