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Driver walks away, leaves scene of deadly car wreck

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No arrests have been made in this case. Police say the investigation is ongoing. No arrests have been made in this case. Police say the investigation is ongoing.
Shakerri Stewart-Dupree, 19, died in the wreck. Shakerri Stewart-Dupree, 19, died in the wreck.
MEMPHIS, TN -

WMC-TV) – A Memphis family is demanding justice for a mother killed in a one-vehicle crash over the weekend. Shakerri Stewart-Dupree, 19, died early Saturday morning and police say the driver just walked away.

Stewart-Dupree was mother to a one-year-old daughter and was pregnant with her second child.

"She left here very tragically, " said Kierra Becton, Stewart-Dupree's cousin. Becton has very fond memories of her cousin Shakerri.

"She kept a smile. She was real sweet. Fun. Sassy."

Police say Stewart-Dupree and three friends caught a ride home from a local nightclub early Saturday morning. Investigators say the identity of the driver is unknown, but Stewart-Dupree's sisters say the three friends told them the driver was a man known around the neighborhood as "Duke". They also say they believe the driver was drunk at the time. The car crashed into two trees and a house, in the 700 block of Watkins in North Memphis, killing Stewart-Dupree and her unborn child. Police say the driver of the vehicle walked away from the accident, leaving Stewart-Dupree and her friends.

"Why would you run from the scene like that? What you leave for? You should've stayed right there," said Keshundra Lashelle Stewart-Dupree, Shakerri's sister. "You did this, you need to stay right there and take the responsibility."

Her sisters say they are heartbroken - not only for the loss of their older sister, but also for their niece Trakerria, who lost her mother. The family is also upset they will never meet their unborn niece or nephew.

"I just want to put a message out there to the people that drive when they're drunk", said Kierra Becton. "If you're going to drive or whatever you want to do, be cautious enough and think about the other people because stuff like this can be avoided. There's help out there. If you know you're too intoxicated, just do everybody a favor and don't get behind the wheel because now a young mother is gone, and her unborn child is gone, and her family is left in despair because they still don't have all the answers they need."

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