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Family hoping higher reward will lead to killer's arrest
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Family hoping higher reward will lead to killer's arrest

SPARTA, Mich. (WZZM)-- No one has come forward, so now the family of a woman killed by a hit and run driver last year is hoping a bigger reward will lead to an arrest.

With few clues and no witnesses, police have not been able to identify the  driver who hit and killed Erica Sevigny last April on 14 Mile Road in Algoma Township.

"Money talks and we are hoping by increasing the reward, somebody will come forward with the right information so there will be an arrest," says Sevigny's uncle,  Dan Horter.

26-year-old Sevigny was standing on 14 Mile Road,  on the phone asking 911 for help after  she'd crashed into a tree to avoid a deer. Investigators have a recording of that final call she made. 

"The last thing she says is, 'I see a car coming,'" recalls Horter. "Then it was 'thump, thump.'"

There is already a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the hit and run driver. But the family says investigators tell them that people typically don't come forward with information unless the reward is at least $5,000; especially if it means betraying a friend or relative.

"Unfortunately, that's what it boils down to," says Horter. "It takes money to get someone to come forward."

"With enough money, maybe the person that was with him will say 'We were friends back then,  but maybe we are not such good friends any more, so I will take the money,'" suggests Sevigny's great aunt, Martha Horter.

The family is hosting an event in Sparta on Saturday to raise more reward money and create an educational fund for Sevigny's two young daughters.  The "Justice For Erica Sevigny" fund drive is scheduled for 5:00 P.M. Saturday in Sparta Moose Lodge #50.

Family members say they hope the reward will finally identify who killed Erica.

"I don't want to say it will bring closure because there is never closure," says Martha Horter. "It will bring justice to it."

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