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$20,000 reward offered for information a year after fatal hit-and-run in Davie

Emma Kelsoe, 80, and her dog killed in front of Davie home

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DAVIE, Fla. – A reward offered for information that leads to the arrest of the driver who fatally struck a Davie woman has been upped to $20,000 exactly a year after the crash.

"I just can't believe it has been a year and we still don't have any answers," the victim's granddaughter, Lisa Huber, said. 

Police said Emma Kelsoe, 80, her neighbor and her dog were struck by a car Feb. 1, 2017, in front of their homes off Southwest 18th Street and Southwest 86th Avenue.

Kelsoe's neighbor, Vickie McCall, was the only survivor.

"Emma and I were standing there, just talking as neighbors do, and the next thing I know, she said something about a car," McCall told Local 10 News last year. "I turned, I looked (and) I saw a dark-colored car with headlights -- that is it."

"My grandmother was hit so hard and thrown so hard that we couldn't even have an open casket," Huber said.

Police said surveillance video captured the driver making a U-turn to return to the scene, only to drive away a second time.

"They drove back by and they saw what they did," Kelsoe's daughter, Sue Kolcz, said. 

Residents told Local 10 News that speeding is a problem in the 55-and-older community, which is filled with people who have vision or hearing impairments. 

Police are searching for a black or blue car in connection with the crash.

"I don't know how they sleep at night," Kolcz said. "I don't know how they get up in the morning. I don't know how they look themselves in the mirror, knowing what they have done."

Anyone with information is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Crime Stoppers is offering a $3,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest. The additional $17,000 reward is being offered by Kelsoe's friends and family. 

About the Authors:

Amanda Batchelor is the managing editor for Local10.com.