Cleveland police are looking into a tragic hit-and-run in the Warehouse District that ki*lled a 30-year-old woman early Sunday morning.
Elyse Ilene Bodee was heading home with her fiancé after eating at a restaurant when she was struck by an automobile near the 1300 block of West 9th Street and West St. Clair Avenue.
“I’m numb, and my wife is devastated,” the victim’s father, Lew Bodee, said. “It’s something we still think we’re living in a dream; this isn’t real.”
Miriam and Lew Bodee are devastated. Their only daughter was the light of their lives, with a full life ahead of her, including plans to marry next week.
“She was going to Key West, and she was going to have a beach ceremony with her fiancé,” Lew stated.
Lew said he is angry and is searching for answers how anyone could run away from such an accident
“It was an accident, she stumbled in the street, and he ran her over,” Lew explained.
“For that individual to hit and run and not stop… Miriam stated, “I want justice for Elyse.”
Elyse and her fiancé resided in the neighbourhood where the tragedy occurred. According to her family, she was slain instantly.
Her mother characterised her as a happy person who enjoyed punk rock culture. At Cordelia, she worked as a server.
“I just wanted people to know how amazing she was,” Miriam explained. “She would do anything for anybody.”
To meet the unexpected burial costs, the family established a GoFundMe campaign. The campaign had topped $10,000 by 8 p.m. Sunday.
According to the Bodees, her fiancé saw the vehicle.
“It was a black SUV, loud music, and when it got to the bottom of the hill it made the right turn, right on the first street,” Lew said.
Cleveland police are looking into the matter. The family is hoping that those responsible are apprehended.
“This probably was an accident, and you know maybe you got scared, or what not, but please turn yourself in, do the right thing,” Lew stated.
“Turn yourself in, come forward,” Miriam instructed. “Justice for Elyse.”
“We’re like a family,” Lew explained. “How would you feel if it was your family.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact Cleveland police at 216-621-1234