A paint chip that was recovered from the scene. It appears to be teal, and possibly metallic in color.
KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -
Unplowed sidewalks have many walking in the road if they can't dig out their cars, but that may have been a deadly situation for one woman after a hit-and-run crash Monday night.
The victim, Kim Palmer, was walking eastbound down the street at 13th Street and Quindaro Boulevard Tuesday about 9:30 p.m. when she was hit by a car and left to die.
Her family understands that accidents can happen with the slick roads, but they are angry the driver didn't have the decency to stop and call for help.
"She's a mother, a sister and she's a daughter. She has family, even though that person may not have cared," Clarissa Thompson, Palmer's sister, said. "She has family that does care."
Thompson said it still hasn't set in yet that she has lost her oldest sister, 43-year-old Palmer.
"We were just sitting here talking before you (referring to reporter) came, we were talking about the funny things she did and funny things she said," Thompson said.
Palmer lived with her mom near 75th Street and Parallel Parkway. She left the home at noon and told her mother she was going out to get a soda, but she never returned. Her family saw on the news that a woman was killed along 13th and Quindaro by a hit-and-run driver Tuesday night, but they never imagined it was her.
"I'm thinking to myself, ‘Who would be walking in the middle of the street so a car could hit them?' not even knowing that's my sister," Thompson said.
Turns out a man called police Tuesday night to report that Palmer was intoxicated walking down Quindaro Boulevard and, at one point, she had fallen down and he helped her up.
A short time later, Palmer was struck by a car.
Her family said she made mistakes in her life, but didn't deserve to be left.
"I'm the type of person if I hit a cat or dog I'm going to get out and see if it's OK, to see if anything's wrong," Thompson said. "But to hit a full-grown adult person and not even try to do anything - that's just not good."
Now Palmer's family is urging the community to step up with tips for police.
"If anyone saw anything, anybody knows anything, anybody saw who was driving the car or a tag number, please call police and let them know," Thompson said. "We want to know why it happened - why did you leave her and not try to help her?"
Police have released an important clue in the crime. They've sent out a picture of a paint chip that was recovered from the scene that they believe came off the car that struck Palmer. It appears to be teal and possibly metallic in color.
Authorities are trying to trace the tire tracks, but with the snow, there are tracks all over the road, so it is hard to tell what kind of car was involved in the accident.
"Starting from square one. Hopefully somebody saw something. Maybe somebody heard something," police spokesman Tom Tomasic said.
Anyone with information regarding the incident or who knows someone who has a car that matches that color and may have some new damage is encouraged to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.
Safety experts say people should walk on sidewalks, but if the sidewalks are covered with snow, the next best thing is to walk as close to the side of the road as possible, facing traffic.
In addition, pedestrians should be aware of what cars around them are doing. In snowy conditions, cars can skid and lose control. It also helps to wear reflective clothing in low-light situations.
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