Family Of Hit And Run Victim Finding Peace With Suspect In Custody

Tuesday, May 20th 2014, 6:15 pm
By: Craig Day

Family members of a woman killed by a hit and run driver are praising Tulsa police after a suspect is arrested in the case. Angela Young's family thought they may never find out who is responsible for her death.

An anonymous tip led members of the Northern Oklahoma Violent Crimes Task Force to a home overnight. On Tuesday, a suspect is in jail, and the family said they now have some peace.

With each passing day since Young was killed by a hit and run driver in late February, family members thought there might never be an arrest made.

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Young's sister, Sheila Cawthorne, said, "We thought that he had gotten rid of the van, and that they were never going to be able to catch him."

Young was using her walker as she crossed the street at 3rd and Lewis. The driver of the van, hit her and took off.

Young's daughter, Monique Young, said, "It's just been very hard, we've had a lot restless nights, you know no sleep at all."

Overnight, their sleep was interrupted with news they've wanted to hear from police: that a suspect is under arrest in the case.

"This is helping a lot that they've caught him, and we just want him to get justice," Cawthorne said.

An anonymous tip led officers to a house near 3rd and Xanthus. They arrested Fernando Jaramillo.

Officers say they also found a white van that could be the one seen in surveillance video the night Young was killed.

The van was hidden in a shed in the backyard, covered with a tarp and sheet metal, and surrounded by a newly built wooden fence.

"My mom can rest now, my family can hopefully can rest now, we can get some type of closure," Monique Young said.

Angela Young had three grandchildren. Her daughter misses being able to talk to her each day. Young's family said they feel like they were robbed of a very special person, with the pain made worse not knowing if anyone would ever be arrested in the case.

"He could have turned himself in, if he had a conscience, he would have went on and turned himself in," Cawthorne said.

Jaramillo is in the Tulsa County Jail on a first degree manslaughter complaint.

Angela Young's daughter said she's not sure if she'll ever forgive the man that hit her mother and then left.

Family members said they want justice to be served, and don't think a manslaughter charge is strong enough.