CHATTANOOGA, TN. (WRCB) - Channel 3 is learning more about the man killed in a hit and run in St. Elmo.
David Bruce, 56, was killed Friday on St. Elmo Avenue.
Police say an SUV slammed into the back of his moped, throwing him up onto the windshield. Then witnesses say the driver fled the scene.
Police arrested 53-year-old Betty Mundy of Trenton, Georgia after they say she crashed again a few blocks away. The victim's loved ones say it's a tragedy made worse by the driver's choice to leave him laying alone on the road.
"It's really just tragic that he was minding his own business and lost his life," Artie Martin says.
Martin says he's still in shock that his lifelong friend is gone.
"Couldn't ask for a better friend," Martin says.
Those who knew David Bruce say he drove his moped everywhere and was always smiling and hugging people.
"He was a character. He was a good guy. He would give you the shirt off his back," Martin says.
"Always a gentleman, always respectful," Gloria Wallace says.
They say he was visiting a friend Friday when he was hit from behind, ending it all in an instant.
"I had just seen him that morning and his mother called me and I could not believe it. I was just totally devastated," Wallace says.
Longtime family friend Gloria Wallace says accepting it is hard.
"David was just a fixture in the neighborhood. Honestly, it's hard to believe that he won't be coming back," Wallace says.
She, along with David's family, says one of hardest things is knowing that the other driver just kept driving.
"If I had hit a dog, I would've stopped," Wallace says.
Betty Mundy's arrest report says when police caught up with her after her second crash a few blocks away, her windshield was smashed with hair embedded in it that seemed to match David Bruce's hair.
Chattanooga Police found bottles of prescription pain killers and muscle relaxers in her SUV and purse. They say she was slurring and had trouble standing. Mundy admitted to taking strong pills before the crashes.
"I can't imagine anybody having that many drugs in them and jeopardizing people's lives," Wallace says.
Mundy is charged with leaving the scene of an accident with death, but police say she could face more charges once blood test results come back in about a week.
She's already bonded out of jail, which David's loved ones say only adds to the hurt.
"That's all we want is justice. We know that she didn't do it on purpose, but justice," Martin says.
David Bruce was born and raised in St. Elmo and loved playing basketball.
He worked at the Tiftonia WalMart in the hardware department. His co-workers say he was always friendly.
Betty Mundy's neighbors say they've seen her driving erratically before and are praying for Bruce's family.
Saturday, May 25 2013 12:29 AM EDT2013-05-25 04:29:53 GMT
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