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Family of hit and run victim plead for help in finding driver


A hit and run crash has claimed the life of a Waterloo woman.  The accident happened near the intersection of Washington Street and West Mullan Avenue.  Around 4 a.m. Monday, a Waterloo Police officer on routine patrol in the area first located a purse belonging to 59-year-old Becky Lawless, then found her body lying on the side of the road.

Lawless' family is still in shock about what happened.  They'd just spent the Easter holiday with her and have no idea why she would've been out walking.  Since police currently have no witnesses to the crash that killed her, the family is pleading that anyone with information come forward.

"You know, I guess my big question is why would you leave somebody to die in the middle of the road?"  said Jeff Simpson, Lawless' brother.

That's what the family of Becky Lawless and police are trying to figure out, after the 59-year-old was killed following a hit and run.  Waterloo police aren't sure how long she had been lying along the road when she was found.

"I don't know whether she was walking to get cigarettes, walking home to dad's, walking to get a bottle of pop.  At this time, it's just all speculation," Simpson said.

Lawless was having a tough year, just losing her daughter to cancer last fall.  But her family does not believe she was suicidal.  It's tough for them to talk about her, but they say she will be deeply missed.

"Like ay other sister, sometimes you scrap and fight, and other times you hug and love, you know," said Simpson.

As police investigate what happened to Lawless, her family is pleading for answers.

"Anybody that has information, please contact the Waterloo Police, Highway Patrol, Black Hawk County Sheriff, any law enforcement agency.  You know it would just kind of give us closure," said Simpson.

An autopsy of Becky Lawless is set for tomorrow, which investigators hope might offer more clues into what happened.

Funeral arrangements for Lawless are pending with Kearns-Huisman-Schumacher Funeral Home in Waterloo.

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