ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A 53-year old St. Paul woman is dead after she was struck by a passing vehicle on Friday night.
The hit-and-run crash occurred on the 700 block of Randolph Avenue at about 6:40 p.m.
St. Paul police said that Tracy Klotz was driving with a friend when they pulled over and got out of the vehicle. Klotz was standing next to her parked car on the driver's side when she was struck by what is believed to be a small SUV.
Police think Klotz was hit by the passenger-mirror of the moving vehicle which caused her to fall to the ground. She also may have been dragged for a short distance, police said.
Klotz spent Friday with her friend, Dorothy Brown. Brown said they parked in the driveway next to her neighbor's house. She said that Klotz was walking around the vehicle when she was struck.
"I expected her to meet me on the boulevard to walk with me to the house and so I thought maybe she dropped her purse or keys," Brown explained. "(I said) 'Tracy, Tracy.' And then I walked around her car to the street and there she laid."
The suspect's vehicle continued eastbound on Randolph and turned left onto 7th Street, police said. The SUV is believed to be silver in color.
Brown hopes that whoever is responsible does the right thing and comes forward.
"That's somebody's sister," Brown said. "That's my friend, and I don't know how you ever sleep at night, but I know it's going to be a long time before I sleep."
Anyone with information on the hit-and-run should contact the St. Paul Police Departments Traffic Investigations Unit at 651-266-5582.
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