Authorities ask for public's help in fatal hit-and-run; 'we have nothing to go on'

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The State Patrol is asking for the public's help finding the driver involved in a hit-and-run that killed a 35-year-old St. Paul mother of two.

Mai Yang and her husband, 37-year-old E. Xiong, were hit by a vehicle just before midnight Saturday while bicycling on a frontage road in Oak Park Heights near the Stillwater border, near the Wendy’s on 60th Street North. Yang died four days later from her injuries. Xiong suffered severe injuries to his legs but was listed in fair condition Tuesday, the Pioneer Press reported.

The couple has two children, both in their teens.

The State Patrol have not identified a suspected driver or a possible car, Lt. Eric Roeske said at a news conference Thursday afternoon, and want to restate their plea for help from the public.

“I wish we had more information about what type of vehicle may be involved, or anything," Roeske said. "But at this point we have nothing to go on.”

Explained Roeske:

There is no evidence at the scene that would help identify the vehicle. Many businesses along the road are closed by that time. They're looking into surveillance video, but so far have come up short. Visibility along the street at the time is unknown. And because another car wasn't involved, there is no separate damage to evaluate.

"To be honest, even a minor impact with a bicyclist can result in a fatal injury," he said, "so it’s very difficult to determine the nature of damage that may be present on the suspect vehicle, or where it may be."

The married couple was traveling single file along the road when they were hit, Roeske said. Xiong has no recollection of the incident – he remembers biking, then being taken to the hospital, according to Roeske.

Yang is survived by a 13-year-old son and 16-year-old daughter, and a YouCaring page has been set up to help the family pay for funeral expenses.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information about the vehicle or its driver is asked to call State Patrol Sgt. Eric Zastrow at 651-539-1151, or the Oak Park Heights Police Department at 651-439-4723.

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