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Crime Of Week: July 15, 2008

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Metro police need the public's help finding the driver in a hit and run case.

A woman died from injuries in the crash, and police believe alcohol may have been a contributing factor.

The accident happened at the intersection of the Interstate 65 exit ramp and Rosa L. Parks Boulevard right before Christmas.

It was 5:30 a.m.

Police said the driver of a blue Dodge Neon ran the flashing red light and hit another car.

Anita Crawford was a passenger in the Neon. It was her car. She suffered serious injuries and died in a hospital.

The person who was driving her car ran from the scene of the accident.

"It's a felony in Tennessee to leave the scene of a crash involving personal injury or death," said Metro crash investigation officer Don Davidson. "And we have no idea who the driver was and we'd like to find out who he is.

Police said the driver ran down Rosa Parks Boulevard toward Dominican Drive. Crash investigators believe alcohol played a role in the crash.

"There was strong evidence of alcohol being involved," Davidson said. "There were several alcoholic containers and cartons inside the vehicle."

Police said the driver left the scene of the accident having no idea if Crawford would live or die. They're hoping he'll feel remorse and come forward.

"We feel comfortable that this was probably an acquaintance of hers or somebody she'd probably been out with that evening," Davidson said.

If you know who was with Anita Crawford the night of Dec. 19, 2007 or who was driving her car call Crime Stoppers.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for clues in this case. The phone number is 74-CRIME and callers can remain anonymous.

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