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Family seeks justice in deadly hit-and-run crash 1 year later

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Posted at 8:18 PM, Feb 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-05 08:57:43-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Thursday marked one year since a hit-and-run driver in a stolen vehicle killed Judy Morris and Virgil Dixson, whose loved ones continue to honor their memories and hope the driver will be held responsible.

Morris’ nieces said their Aunt Judy was heading to get her nails done to celebrate the Chiefs' victory in Super Bowl LIV.

Dixson, her friend, was driving her to the salon when another car, which police said was stolen, struck and killed both of them at the intersection of East 18th Street and Brooklyn Avenue.

Relatives said the man behind the wheel of that car, Michael Mertens, is in jail for a separate incident and has not served any time connected to this crash.

“My aunt is no longer here, and this guy is here and he’s not paying the consequence,” Tiphanie Embry, one of Morris’s nieces, said. “Because it’s been a year already, he’s getting away with what I consider murder.”

The families of Morris and Dixson hope holding vigils on important dates keeps the story alive and eventually leads to justice in their deaths.