Police found the car Wednesday morning used in a hit and run that killed a 50-year-old woman in north Minneapolis, authorities said.
The victim was identified by her boyfriend as Yvonne “Lisa” Gibson. She was hit outside the home that the two shared, boyfriend Melvin Holbrook said.
Later, the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office confirmed the identification and said she died of multiple blunt force injuries.
The car, once used as a taxi, was spotted by officers on routine patrol, said police spokesman John Elder. Police had nothing to say on progress toward identifying and locating the driver who hit the woman Tuesday evening in the 2900 block of Fremont Avenue.
Officers were called to the area shortly before 5:30 p.m., where 911 callers said a car had hit a woman and fled west on 30th Avenue N.
Holbrook said he was looking out a second-story window and saw his girlfriend speaking with two men inside the car.
“They pulled away and then backed up and ran over her,” Holbrook said. “This was very, very horrible for me to see.”
Holbrook said he’s doesn’t know the men he saw in the car. Police said they think the driver may have known the woman.
“I want them to turn themselves in,” Holbrook said. “They dragged her down the street. You don’t even do that to an animal. They have to face the consequences.”
Holbrook said he ran out of the house and “was trying to run down the corner” to get a better look at the car. However, he said, poor health forced him to give up the chase.
Constance Gibson said her sister was a mother to four children, the oldest serving in the military.
The sister, who lives in Minneapolis, said the day has been spent “trying to do funeral arrangements and trying to understand what’s going on.”
Police say the car was an older-model, white Ford Crown Victoria with a blue roof. City cameras captured two photos of the vehicle. One shows the rear driver’s side window missing and covered with plastic.
Gibson was taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, where she died a few hours later.
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