She was one of 97. One happy individual that always had a smile, always was friendly and rarely complained. Joan was always good for a laugh and I was glad to have worked with her. But the 97 is a club I do not want to be a member of. I may be off by up to 6 or 8 as I have not compiled the statistics for 2013 but every day 97 people in America are killed by automobiles. 97 candles quenched violently and dramatically in a cruel death.* If 97 per day were killed by handguns in the US of A the 2nd Amendment would be eliminated. Truly the 97 are the "inconvenient truth."
The person who committed the homicide remains free. Just drove on without slowing down according to witnesses. Joan was taken to Mercy Hospital where she died. A surveillance photo of a 90s-2000 vintage Buick is floating around but as of this morning no arrests. If this person is intelligent and soulless, he/she would destroy the evidence instead of getting a new fender and windshield as the police and media alert the "collision" repair shops to be on the look out for that Buick. Small price to pay for freedom. I hope that the murderer will confess and turn itself in. Joan will never be back but doing the right thing will relieve many of us and start that person down the road to redemption.
From the Times Republican February 15, 2014
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police have identified a woman killed while crossing a street by a driver who sped away.
Police say 52-year-old Joan Haggar, of Des Moines, was hit just before 11 p.m. Friday while crossing East Eudlid Avenue.
Police are asking the public's help in identifying the car.
A witness says the car didn't slow or stop after hitting Haggar. The vehicle is believed to be a mid-sized car, and it may have damaged to its front and windshield.
Haggar was taken to a Des Moines hospital, where she died.
The Des Moines Police Department is offering to match a Crime Stoppers $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
People with information can call police at 515-283-4811 or Polk County Crime Stoppers anonymously at 515-223-1400.
Click for her obituary Joan M Haggar
*Does not reflect those that die from disease and illnesses related to a sedentary lifestyle associated with driving and lack of exercise, cancer caused by pollution created by autos, heart disease, diabetes ect.