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Man charged in fatal hit-and-run of jogger

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FRANKENMUTH, MI (WNEM) -

A man has been charged in connection with the hit-and-run that killed a mother out jogging.

It happened on Dehmel Road between Tuscola and Curtis Road in Frankenmuth on August 30.

Police said they were called at 6:54 a.m. for reports of a woman down on the road.

When officers arrived, they found 49-year-old Lisa Samson-Moore of Frankenmuth had passed away from injuries that indicated she was hit from behind by a vehicle. Moore was a mother of three sons.

"She told me one day she had three jobs that she was trying to keep up with. She would leave early in the morning and get back towards the evening," said Richard Thorp, neighbor.

Investigators believe the Frankenmuth High School graduate was jogging with the traffic on the east side of Dehmel Road when she was hit by a vehicle sometime between 6:10 a.m. and 6:45 a.m.

On Oct. 7 Kaleb Mossner, 25, from Birch Run Township, went before a judge on a charge of failing to stop at the scene of an accident.

Mossner’s attorney, Jim Gust said his client didn't stop because he thought he hit an animal, or something minor. His attorney said he even checked his headlights and they still worked. Gust went on to say the suspect told him he didn't see anything.

"As he was talking about it in my office he was crying. Who wouldn't be devastated by those circumstances," Gust said. "He said it wasn't anything hard. His lights still worked. He still looked in his rear view mirror and it was a big truck too, [if] it would've been a hard hit he would've stopped."

Mossner’s 2002 white F-150 was seized, it had damage to the front passenger side around the head light assembly.

There has been an outpouring of support for Moore and her family on social media.

Abby Leach said she went to school with Moore's sons and said she was a godly woman who was always kind to people.

"She was such a lovely person to be around. It hits the hearts of so many from all around the community," Leach said.

Running experts said runners need to be aware of their surroundings.

"Always be prepared and be OK with the idea of being defensive as a runner or a walker," Crim race director Andy Younger said.

Mossner faces a felony charge in connection with Samson-Moore's death. He could face up to five years in prison. 

Samson-Moore's family released the following statement on Friday, Oct. 7:

"Lisa's  family, friends,  and the entire Frankenmuth community are still understandably devastated by her tragic hit-and-run death. Our family is  working with the Saginaw County Prosecutor's Office  and they are keeping us informed on any developments in this criminal case. Lisa was a loving mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. We are very appreciative of the efforts of law enforcement and the criminal justice system in seeking justice for Lisa who we all miss very much."

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