CASCO (WGME) – Police make an arrest in a deadly hit and run in Casco after the suspect drove into the victim while she was walking home Sunday night.
Her family is now calling for justice.
The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said it was a tip from the public that led them to the Volkswagen Passat believed to have been involved in the hit and run. They said it’s been towed to the department, and it will stay here, as they continue their investigation.
Lorna Nugent was the glue that held her family together. And for Jasmine Mullen, she and her great aunt, bonded over pickles. Mullen said “She always had pickles because she knew how much I loved pickles as a kid, she got the big jars.”
Mullen said life without her will never be the same. She said “It’s hard because it’s just one second she’s there and the next second she’s not.”
Police said the 56 year old was walking home along Route 302 in Casco Sunday night, when she was hit and killed by a car.
They stated the driver just kept going. “Its very hard. How do you not know when you hit someone?” said Mullens.
Captain Scott Stewart of the sheriff’s office says a key piece of evidence was left behind at the scene. “We recovered a part of the grill that had some numbers on it that we were able to trace back to that particular model of Volkswagen.”
He says just hours after releasing the suspected make and model to the public, someone called in with a tip leading to the car and the driver.
Jeffrey Eugene Smith, 28, of Sebago has been arrested and charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident involving death, which is a felony.
It’s a step toward the outcome Mullens and her family are hoping for.
“What our family needs is closure and justice for her, so we can put this to rest and feel at peace.” said Mullen
Officials are still looking to speak to anyone with information, they are urged to contact the sheriff’s office.