MILWAUKEE — It was near 11th and Atkinson where 41-year-old Sherika Lester was fatally struck early Sunday morning by a driver who left the mother of six lying in the middle of the road.
"Don't nobody want to bury their kids," said Sherry Rowsey-Brown, Lester's mother.
Rowsey-Brown says learning of her daughter's death destroyed her.
"I had my hands on top of my head and I said oh, God. I said, is she okay? And they said no she passed away," said Rowsey-Brown.
According to Milwaukee police, Lester was crossing the street around 6 a.m. Sunday morning when she was hit by a car. But the driver didn't stop. Police are now looking for that driver.
"I just want somebody to come forward because it's not fair," said Rowsey-Brown.
Neighbors in the area say they regularly see people driving recklessly down their streets.
"If you don't pay attention, those people will run you over and keep going," said Mr. Berry, a nearby resident.
"For some people, the red light doesn't mean anything to them," said another resident, Joe Smith.
These are younger pictures of 41-year-old Sherika Lester. Her mom showed me these photos today. Sherika was a mother of 6 who was killed Sunday near 11th & Atkinson during a hit and run. The driver left her lying in the street. Police are now searching for the driver @tmj4 pic.twitter.com/LkO4M3O1OG— Taylor Lumpkin (@TaylorLumpkinTV) February 14, 2022
And now as Sherika's mother prepares to lay her firstborn to rest, she has a message for the driver still on the run:
"You took her life, you owe this to turn yourself in. I know I can't bring her back, but I still want justice for her," said Rowsey-Brown.
The pastor of a nearby church says they turned over surveillance video to police. So far, no information has been released about the driver or the car involved.