Authorities in Missouri say a woman was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder following a hit-and-run crash that left a 57-year-old woman dead.
According to the Springfield News Leader, suspect Elizabeth McKeown allegedly admitted to investigators that she purposely targeted Barbara E. Foster in the fatal Tuesday incident.
Police reports indicate the 46-year-old woman told police that she “tricked” the victim before the vehicle she was driving “slammed into her.”
The violent reaction was allegedly in response to the driver’s frustration over being stuck in traffic behind the victim’s vehicle.
As a probable cause statement filed as part of the investigation claims, McKeown bumped into the other driver’s car before opting “to hit it full out,” prompting Foster to exit the car and walk to the are of damage.
McKeown said she then “slammed into her and cut her in half” with the Ford Mustang she was driving.
Just after the incident, she allegedly mouthed the words “I know” to a witness who tried to inform her that she had struck another person. As she drove off, she reportedly dragged the victim under her car for about 58 feet.
The crash occurred at about 5:15 p.m. near the intersection of University Street and Campbell Avenue, according to police reports.
After hitting the victim, police say McKeown continued to a nearby location where she crashed into another vehicle. Witnesses of that crash held the woman until responding officers arrived on the scene.
As of the latest reports available she remained behind bars at the Green County Jail. If convicted of the crimes against her, McKeown could face life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Springfield Police Department by calling 417-864-1810 or Crime Stoppers at 417-869-8477.
[Featured image: Elizabeth McKeown, Greene County Jail]