Survivor of fatal hit-and-run wants person responsible caught

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A survivor of a deadly hit-and-run speaks out from a hospital room in hopes the person responsible is caught.

Kelly Neth survived a crash on U.S. 50 near Warrensburg, that left two of her long time friends dead and her fiance, Keith Roth, injured.

Neth said they were driving home to Green Ridge late Saturday night after a fun-filled night at Rockfest. The 47-year-old said by early Sunday, she was sound asleep in the back of the van they were in, with Roth.  She said her memory is foggy, but she said she remembers, "Getting slammed off the glass and being half in and half out of the van," Neth said.

The Missouri Highway Patrol said the van was hit from behind and veered off the highway, hitting a tree.

Neth's friends, 53-year-old Ronald Harvey, who was driving, and front passenger, 54-year-old Vicki Brandkamp, died in the wreck.

"I just can hear Vicki's voice saying 'Help me. Help me,'" Neth said.

photoA roadside memorial for the two victims has been placed at the site of the accident.

Neth said she still can't believe her friends are gone.

"They were awesome grandparents.  Just totally awesome.  They had Ron's grand kids living with them," Neth said.

The mother of two boys, now battles many broken bones and cuts.  It's hard for her close-knit family to see as they keep her company at Research Medical Center.

"It hurts quite a bit," Bonnie Weathers, Neth's older sister, said.

What Neth's family and she wants now , is to catch the driver who took off after the accident.

"Turn yourself in we're going to find you anyway," Neth said.

The highway patrol said it does not have any information about the suspect car, other than to say it would have obvious front end damage.

It also says none of the occupants was wearing a seat belt.

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