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Hit and run victims family suffers devastating loss

ERLANGER, Ky. (Angenette Levy) -- The family of an Erlanger woman who was killed in a hit and run accident has broken their silence about the loss of their daughter.

Lauren Pettit was killed Friday night as she walked home from her job at Convergys. They believe she had a flat tire and decided to walk home since she lived nearby. Lonnie Turner is charged with second degree manslaughter in the crash.

"Lauren's loss has had a devastating effect on our family," said Pat Moore, Pettit's uncle.

Moore read from a statement prepared by Pettit's family. Moore said his family has been on a emotional roller coaster since Pettit's body was discovered Saturday morning off of Erlanger-Crescent Springs Rd.

"I think that having the person in custody that's allegedly responsible for this, I think it lends itself to being a first step toward the healing process," Moore said.

Lonnie Turner's girlfriend called police Saturday morning after seeing news reports about Pettit's death. Erlanger police said Turner's girlfriend told them they had been drinking Friday night and Turner was driving her gold PT Cruiser. When they exited I-75 off Buttermilk Pike, a driver called 911 Friday night to report a drunk driver weaving in a PT Cruiser, according to court documents. Turner's girlfriend told police they hit something on Erlanger-Crescent Springs Rd. but didn't know what it was. Turner surrendered to police Sunday after his name and photo appeared on the news.

"I turned myself in, that ought to be good for something," Turner told the judge at his arraignment Monday morning as he asked for a low bond.

The judge ordered turner held on a $100,000 cash bond. Turner has prior felony convictions and is on probation.

"We believe that  Mr. Turner knew he was being sought after and was intentionally hiding himself. We knew that he hadn't gone very far," said Kenton Co. Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders.

Lauren Pettit was living with her parents in Erlanger. Now her family is left to wonder what could have been.

"She had a bubbly personality. Just full of life. She could light up a room when she walked in...She had so much to look forward to and we're going to miss her very much," Moore said.

Funeral arrangements for Lauren Pettit are pending.

Donations for her funeral can be made at Heritage Bank in Erlanger.

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