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Drug Residue Found in Car Involved in Fatal Columbus Hit-and-Run

COLUMBUS (Lisa Rantala/Ken Hines) -- Newly obtained court documents indicate police have found a car believed to have struck and killed a central Ohio mother on Halloween.

Officers found drug residue in the car that struck Lynda Conn, as well as letters addressed to a man with a history of driving under a suspended license, according to the documents.

Conn, 30, died after, police say, she attempted to cross Morse Road when she did not have the correct signal or right of way. 

The driver who struck Conn abandoned the car at Walgreens on the southwest corner of a nearby intersection, and fled on foot, according to investigators.

Conn's mother was informed of her daughter's death by a relative, and said she immediately called the morgue, hoping in vain the news was a prank.

She is calling on the driver of the car that killed her daughter to turn himself into police.

"You don't leave the scene of the accident. He didn't even know if she was dead or alive," said Conn's mother, who must now raise her 10-year-old grandson -- and explain to him the circumstances of his mother's death.

"She lives and breathed for [her son] Eli. I want to keep her in his life so that he never forgets her," Conn's mother said.

The grieving mother said she begged her daughter to stay indoors the night she died, due to bad weather.

"I said, You know Lynda, the weather is so bad tonight, her mother said.  I said, Won't you just stay home with me and Eli and forget it?'"

Conn's mother said she is working with an independent attorney in connection with her daughter's death.
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