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Memphis family seeks justice as police investigate hit and run

(WMC-TV) - Memphis police have found the two people involved in a deadly late night hit and run. Authorities say Curtis Echols was left for dead in the street while the suspects were able to get away.

On Sunday, his family is hoping for justice in this unsolved mystery.

Eric Bowden says he looked at 59-year-old Curtis Echols, "Woody" as he was affectionately known, like a father.

"It's hard to talk about cause it brings tears to your eyes to see all of this just think about the suffering part," said Bowden.
 
Echols was only a few yards away from home when he was hit by a car just after 8:00 p.m. Saturday night. Police say the car, a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu, was traveling eastbound on Deadrick Avenue and west of Hugenot Street when it left the roadway and struck Echols, who was walking on the sidewalk.

Echols was dragged through a yard on the corner and then back onto Hugenot, when the driver drove off.

The victim was pronounced dead on the scene.
 
"She had to be going pretty fast for her to lose control or whatever happened 06 and for her to run somebody over and don't stop. It's heartbreaking," added Bowden.

Echols' son overcome with grief says his dad was a good man and everyone loved him. He never thought his father would die this way.

"I guess these folks had to be intoxicated or whatever cause when they veered off and went thru the gate my dad he was walking around there they come thru the gate and hit him," said Dekarlo. 
  
Police say the owner of the hit and run vehicle - a 25-year-old female - contacted them after allegedly noticing fresh damage to her car. She claims she had loaned her car to two people.
 
"We just want the justice of this all of this that's going on right now 58 because whatever is going on you know and if anybody got any information they might as well come forward with it because woody is like the family of orange mound cant nothing be hidden," said Bowden.

Additional information was provided to officers and they located the two individuals that were responsible.

Police arrested 21-year-old Curteria Leuellyn and charged her with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident.

Police say 19-year-old Tonisha Thompson was riding with Leuellyn Saturday night. She was arrested on an unrelated warrant for theft of property under $500.

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