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Hit-and-run victim dies; car sought

A Bell County woman injured by a hit-and-run driver died Thursday, state police said.

Police said Wendy Warren, 25, of Kettle Island, was beside U.S. 119 Tuesday evening with her daughter Emily, 3, when someone hit them and left the scene.

Marcus Johnson, Warren's brother, said there were no skid marks at the scene. Police recovered pieces of a headlight cover, Johnson said.

Emily told family members her mother "got hit with a rock and fell," Johnson said.

"She's just asking, 'Where's Mommy at? Where's Mommy?' " Johnson said. "Nobody's told her her mommy's dead."

Police said Emily received only minor cuts. Warren, however, suffered a massive head injury, family members said.

She was flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, where she died.

Emily was alone beside the road for a short time before a motorist stopped to help her, keeping her in his car until police arrived.

Warren had called a family member to pick her up. She was standing or walking beside the road when she was hit, state police said.

Frances Hurley, the mother of Warren's boyfriend, said Emily was very close to her mother.

"She hung right to her mother. We're going to have a time with her," Hurley said.

Warren had two other daughters as well.

State police got a call about a child in the road at 8:47 p.m. Tuesday. The hit-run happened in the Calvin community, in the eastern part of Bell County.

Police found Warren lying in a ditch on the southbound side of the road.

Police have asked that anyone with information about the wreck, including information about a vehicle with new damage near the passenger-side headlights, call the Harlan post at (606) 573-3131.

The vehicle involved is thought to be a truck or SUV, said Lt. PJ Burnett.