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February 5, 2003

$7,000 Reward Offered for Hit & Run Driver

The Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers will pay a cash reward to the anonymous caller who leads authorities to the driver of a vehicle that struck and killed a 15 year old girl in Destin last August. An additional $5,000 has been raised by the victim's mother as a bonus reward. Okaloosa County Sheriff Charlie Morris has also offered a $1,000 reward, bringing the total reward amount to $7,000 for information that helps lawmen find the driver of the hit and run vehicle.

On August 10, 2002, Michelle "Shelly" Meadors of Louisville, Kentucky was struck by a pickup truck that ran off of U.S. Highway 98 in Destin and onto the sidewalk. Michelle died from her injuries the following day. The truck that struck her continued eastbound and left the area without stopping. Witnesses describe the vehicle as a full size pickup truck with extended cab, and pulling a small boat on a trailer.

Anybody with information about this hit and run incident may contact Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at (850) 863-TIPS (863-8477). Citizens living in North Okaloosa may call toll-free at 1-888-654-TIPS. Callers may remain anonymous while still receiving cash rewards. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards up to $1,000 for information that solves crimes, leads to the apprehension of wanted fugitives, or results in the recovery of stolen property or illegal narcotics. Crime Stoppers is a community non-profit organization that does not use taxpayer dollars in its reward fund.