Three months after fatal hit-and-run, friends seek help to find driver

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Three months after a St. Paul woman was killed by a hit-and-run driver, friends and family are calling for police and the public to remember Tracy Klotz.

According to KSTP, they held a candlelight vigil Friday night on the spot where she was killed Nov. 1, on the 700 block of Randolph Avenue in the West End neighborhood.

“It helps us heal and feel like we’re honoring her,” said Jeff Lyman, a 40-year friend of the 53-year-old victim.

WCCO reported organizers hope the vigil will spark new leads.

“It’s horrible, I mean one day she was there, and the next day she was gone,” said her cousin, Claudia DuBord. “The hardest part about losing her is, you know, the way it happened.”

Friends have raised more than $5000 for a reward, and set up a Facebook page to remember Klotz and keep the search going.

The Pioneer Press reports her friends say they are seeking closure.

"We felt like it being three months now without any resolution might be the best time to pay our respects and honor her and honor the life that was taken," Lyman said.

St. Paul police say they have no new leads. They are still looking for a 2001-2006 silver four-door Lexus, and asking for the public's help.

They recovered part of the driver's side mirror at the scene shortly after Klotz was struck while getting out of her car.

One friend said she moved slowly because of medical issues.

“She had to take her time to get out of the car,” Lyman said. “She was a small woman, under 100 pounds, and somewhat frail.”

Joe DuBord knew Klotz for 40 years, and said his kids called her “Aunt Tracy.” She took them out to dinner every year on their birthdays.

“It’s important for us to bring closure to the situation and celebrate the life of our friend,” DuBord said. “I have to think that somebody is going to come to the realization that they need to come forward and get it off their conscience and move on. It may have been an accident, but we’d really like to see that person come forward.”

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