KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) — Police are looking for the hit-and-run driver who struck a woman and left her for dead overnight Wednesday within view of her back door.
The body of Page Stokes, 32, a mother of two, was discovered Thursday morning in a yard off 32nd Street SE west of Breton Road.
Relatives said she had left her home at Pheasant Ridge Apartments Wednesday night to walk to Mother Hubbard’s store a few blocks away. They don’t know if she ever made it.
Her brother, Aaron Page, said relatives tried calling her when she didn’t return.
“They’d been calling her all night,” he said. “They’d been calling her, trying to find out where she’s at, pin down her location, but all along she’s out in front of where she lives at.”
The Kentwood Police Department said officers were called to the intersection of 32nd and Pheasant Ridge Drive SE around 7:40 a.m. Thursday on a report of a woman lying on the ground. When they arrived, they found Stokes dead.
Police say they don’t know exactly when she was hit Wednesday night.
Her family can’t understand why a passerby on the busy street didn’t see her body sooner.
“She’s in front of people’s house all night and someone doesn’t come outside?” her brother said.
The man who lives in that house said he was getting his children ready for school when police knocked on his door Thursday morning.
“It’s extremely tragic to get up in the morning and find out you have someone who was hit and left on your front yard,” Tareq Saleh said. “Unfortunately, we didn’t hear anything.”
Stokes’ family said she loved her job as a certified nurse’s assistant. But, they said, she lived for her two boys, ages 1 and 9.
“She was a good mother,” her brother said. “She worked hard to provide for her kids, for a better life.
“Our family is really distraught by this; we are really shaken by this,” he said. “I’m hurt to my soul. My soul’s hurt more than anything.”
He urged the driver to call police:
“Just turn yourself in, man, and do the right thing,” he said.
Police said they don’t have a description of the vehicle or driver involved. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call police at 616.698.6580 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.