Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Seeking Answers, Mom Returns to Hit-and-Run Scene

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Seeking Answers, Mom Returns to Hit-and-Run Scene

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The last time Garrie Williams visited Clifton, she was helping her daughter move into an apartment with bright rooms, hardwood floors and a lush-green front lawn -- a welcome change from the high- rise housing project in Bushwick, Brooklyn, where she was raised.

"I remember that day," said Williams, 61. "Boy, she looked like a champ. I was so proud of her."

Williams returned on Friday, two years after her daughter was killed by a hit-and-run driver while crossing Allwood Road to reach a bus stop steps from her apartment. The driver kept going as she lay on the street, badly injured and moments from death. Williams is devastated that the killer has gone free while she continues on without her only child.

"Do they have a conscience? Why did they leave my baby there? Why?" she asked. "Before I leave this earth, I will be more at ease if this person comes forward."

Williams decided to make the commute from Brooklyn, cane in hand, to the place where her daughter lived and died in the hopes that someone will hear her story and remember details from the morning of Oct. 5, 2010.

Kia Williams, 33, had left her Richfield Court apartment about 6:20 a.m. that day to get the bus to Manhattan, where she worked at a Victoria's Secret store. A vehicle traveling east struck her as she walked in the crosswalk, at the intersection of Allwood Road and Richfield Terrace.

An NJ Transit bus driver spotted her lying by the curb and telephoned police. Williams was pronounced dead at the scene.

There were news stories, resident complaints about traffic safety, and public pleas from police, but there weren't any tips leading to the driver.

"Nearly two years have passed and the family deserves some type of closure," said Clifton Detective Sgt. Robert Bracken. "The police are relying on the public's assistance to help them obtain that closure."

After the hit-and-run, residents and business owners complained that cars often speed on the busy four-lane roadway and that pedestrians have to dash to make it across the street.

Roy Britton, manager of Saveway Cleaners on Allwood Road, said he has seen numerous accidents in his 14 years at the business. Even as early at 6:20 a. …

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