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Arrest made, vehicle found in NYE hit-and-run that killed mother


An arrest was made and a vehicle recovered in connection with the New Year's Eve hit-and-run that killed a woman in North Minneapolis.

In an email news release Sunday afternoon, the Minneapolis Police Department said investigators found the suspect vehicle in, and a person "associated with" the car was interviewed, then arrested.

The woman, identified by family as Aisha Freels, 37, was trying to cross Lyndale Ave. N., on the 3900 block, to get into a waiting taxi cab around 9:23 p.m. on New Year's Eve, police had said.

While in the middle of the street, a “light blue vehicle” hit the woman, then drove off, police said.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The department said a "number of tips" came in and proved to be helpful.

Nobody has been charged at this point, and the investigation is continuing.

The 37-year-old Freels was a mother of four, KARE 11 reported.

Her mother told WCCO Freels "had a heart as big as the moon. ... She was very friendly, everybody loved her.”

A woman identified as Cheryl Anderson started a GoFundMe, hoping to raise $10,000 to help support Freels' children.

Minneapolis MAD DADS was planning a 3 p.m. visitation at the spot where Freels was killed.

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