Family wants justice for hit and run death

Alleged hit and run driver pleaded not guilty

Monday, February 28, 2011 - 5:08pm

GONZALES, La (FOX44) -- A Gonzales family wants justice for the death of a 22-year-old woman killed in a hit and run accident back in December. They were in court this morning to make sure they get it.

You may recall, Tommie Hadley, known to family and friends as Crisy, was hit on LA 42 while walking along the highway with her brother in December. Authorities say 34-year-old Kathleen Fitzpatrick was the driver of the car that hit her. They say she fled the scene without stopping, and was arrested three days later. This morning, Fitzpatrick was in court, along with Crisy's family.

It's a call no mother wants to get. "When I got the call, all they would tell me is my daughter is in critical condition, but in my heart, I knew something was really wrong," Monica Chambless says. "I have been walking in a haze since that day."

Monica Chambless stood in the same room with the woman accused of killing her daughter for the first time. "I actually got to see her, and I know even though she didn't look at my face, she knew I was there," says Chambless. "She has no clue what she's taken from our family. [Crisy] was the first grandchild, the first girl. I don't think life is ever going to be the same."

If sentenced, Fitzpatrick faces 10 years in prison. For Crisy's family, that's not enough. "If she would have stopped and at least tried to help my daughter, we wouldn't even be in court because accidents happen, but she didn't. She ran," Chambless explains. "With the heart that our family has we would have forgiven her if she'd just made an effort. She's made no effort."

Nothing will ever change what happened that night. "I want my baby back," Chambless says. "That court can't bring her back." Still, she won't stop until someone pays the price for her daughter's death. "I want justice for my daughter and her voice can't be heard from her, so it will be heard from me."

Fitzpatrick pleaded not guilty Monday. Her attorney, Pelgram Mire, chose not to say much about the case. His only comment is that he chooses not to try his cases in the press. He tries them in court.

We'll continue to keep you updated on the latest happening in this case on Fox44 at 9 and at www.fox44.com

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