Family of woman killed in hit and run accident pleading for help to find driver

By: Jason Tarr Email
By: Jason Tarr Email

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SALINA, Kan. -- There are so many memories Alexsis McFarlane has of the special moments she has shared with her mom, Lisa. Old photographs have captured many of those moments like the day Alexsis was born and many of their monthly mother-daughter adventures.

"She was my idol," Alexsis said. "I look just like my mom. I act like her. I talk like her. I have her laugh."

On Friday, May 2nd, Alexsis and her mom were on the phone making plans to share another special moment. Alexsis was set to graduate in a week from McCook High School in Nebraska. It's a milestone that Alexsis says had special meaning for her mom, given her mom had never graduated herself.

"She used to tell me all the time: 'You are doing my dream. You're walking the stage.' She was so excited," Alexsis said. "She couldn't wait."

But two hours after that phone call, at around Midnight, there was an accident.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says Lisa McFarlane, 48, was struck by a car along U.S. Highway 81 at Vale Road just north of Concordia.

The car never stopped. Lisa was taken to Salina Regional Health Center where she died from her injuries.

The hit and run accident forced Alexsis to graduate on Mother's day without her mom, but with many questions, especially for the driver.

"Why would you do this? Why?" Alexsis asked. "Just think about if you were the 18-year-old girl who a week before her graduation had to plan her mother's funeral."

Alexsis says her brother marked his own milestone without his mom: he turned 24 just four days after the accident.

They say their mom was a licensed practical nurse who had a kind heart and gave a lot of herself to others. She loved her two children and two grandchildren.

They say they have been working with the rest of the family to get her justice. They've been passing out fliers and connecting with people on social media in hopes of getting their questions answered.

"I don't know that I'll ever understand but my biggest thing is, I don't want to die not knowing," Alexsis said.

Sitting outside of her brother's apartment in Salina, Kan., Alexsis clutched a small silver cross that hung on her necklace. The cross has some of her mother's ashes inside.

She says for strength she's drawing on her faith and the optimism her mother ingrained in her over the years.

"She showed us that no matter what you're going through in life, there's always a positive outcome," Alexsis said. "You just have to give it time."

She's hoping that with time and the public's help there will be a positive outcome in this case.

The Kansas Highway Patrol just this week released new information in the case: a description of the possible vehicle. They say based on vehicle debris at the scene, they believe the car is a 1998 to 2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue or a 1997 to 2005 Buick Centry or Regal.

Alexsis hopes that with the Kansas High Patrol sharing that description and by sharing her mother's story, she and her family will get the answers they need.

"Please help us catch whoever did this to my mom," Alexsis said. "Help us find justice for my mom. She deserves that. She deserves to rest in peace and know what happened."


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