Friends remember woman killed in Bay View hit-and-run

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Friends of a woman killed in a hit-and-run are trying to keep her memory, and the search for her killer, alive.

Thirty-six-year-old Sandra Skenandore was killed Sunday night in Bay View near the corners of S. 1st Street and S. Chase Avenue.

Milwaukee police say she was crossing the street when a Jeep Cherokee hit her and kept going.

They say the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed.

Monday, Skenandore’s friends gathered to light candles and share memories of her.

“Last night was a hard night, it was important to come back and be with others, grieve with others,” said Dan Grellinger from the outreach group Street Angels.  He was at the scene when it happened.

“Sandra was coming across the street to get to us and she was hit by a motorist,” said Grellinger.

“She always cared about others, she always made sure others had a meal, others were awake to come up and get a meal, she genuinely cared about others and lots of people cared about her,” added Grellinger.

It’s the second fatal hit-and-run in two months, Milwaukee bartender James Hanson was killed just a mile away from this scene on Christmas Eve.

“If you hit that vehicle, hit that person and keep going, well you’re going to prison now so you’re just escalating something that could be a simple accident into something now that could be a felony charge,” said Sgt. Sheronda Grant from the Milwaukee Police Department.

Milwaukee police say the person was driving a dark colored 2019 or 2020 Jeep Cherokee.  The truck will have damage on the front end.

They are asking local businesses or homes for help.  “Any business owners or any home owners that have any video surveillance that may have captured that incident, we’re asking them to contact police and also to allow us to see that video in hopes that we will arrest that individual involved,” said Sgt. Grant.

Meanwhile, Skenandore’s friends that gathered Monday have a message for whoever was behind the wheel.

“I’d like you to turn yourself in and make this right,” said Grellinger.

If you have any information about this crash you’re asked to call Milwaukee police at 414-935-7360 or Milwaukee Crime Stoppers at 414-224-TIPS.

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