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DAVIE (CBSMiami) — It’s been one year since Emma Kelsoe and her dog Rondo were killed while walking with a friend in Davie.

Even with a $20,000 reward up for grabs, the driver who hit and killed the 80-year-old and almost killed her friend Vicki McCall has not been found.

Her daughter Sue Kolcz and the rest of the family is having a hard time.

“To know that this person I loved since I was a baby, was, her body was hurt so badly, just multiple blunt force trauma, how do you get past that when it’s your mom,” said Kolcz.

Her granddaughter Lisa Huber says it makes it even worse that the culprit is out there.

“I don’t think that this is something that you can keep in, this kind of guilt. As much as were grieving, this person must be, guilt just eating away at them I’m sure. It’s got to be something they think of every day too,” said Huber.

Related: Davie Woman Dies Saving Neighbor In Hit & Run

On Thursday, family, friends and members of the community gathered at the scene of the crash to commemorate Kelsoe.  Those who knew her remembered her as a woman who loved to dance.

Vickie McCall, Kelsoe’s friend who was walking with Emma the night she was killed, was also injured in the hit and run. McCall has recovered from her injuries but remains scarred by the loss of her friend.

“I just don’t understand how this person can be out there and nobody say anything or do anything,” McCall said. “It’s just beyond words.”

McCall also believes the town of Davie needs to work harder to slow drivers down in this trailer park.

“They speed through here like there’s no tomorrow,” McCall said.

Among those in attendance were some members of Davie Police’s traffic homicide unit.

They’re asking anyone who may have seen or knows anything to please come forward so the culprit can be brought to justice.

Surveillance video captured the seconds after impact.  It happened in the Park City East Trailer Park on SW 18th Street at 85th Avenue in Davie. This is all police have to go on.

“Right now, we believe it’s a car, possibly a 4-door. We don’t have a make or model. We don’t have a driver description,” said Sgt. Mark Leone with Davie Police.

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Davie police release image of car involved in deadly hit and run. (Source: Davie Police)

Authorities had previously released a picture of the car they are looking for.

For Emma’s family the pain has not gotten any easier.  They hope when someone finally is caught they’ll at least be able to ask questions like how it happened and why that person just left Emma and her dog Rondo there to die on the roadside.

“I want to be able to forgive them because my God tells me to forgive them, but I need to be able to forgive them inside. Until they come forward I can’t do that,” said Sue.

Her family has set up a page for anyone wanting to help get justice for Kelsoe and Rondo. Click here to see it.

The vigil which starts at 6 p.m. will be at 8550 SW 18 Street.

Anyone with information in the case is urged to call Broward County Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.


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