UPDATED at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday with photo of victim, information on fundraiser and comments from friends
WENTZVILLE — A woman walking for help after she had car trouble was fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver along an I-70 service road Monday night in Wentzville, police said.
The dead woman is identified as Nadia Nascimento, 33, of the St. Charles area. She was found lying in the roadway of East Pitman Avenue about 7:30 p.m. Monday. She died an hour later at a hospital.
Nascimento was a nurse and mother to three daughters.
Police think she was struck by a vehicle as she walked to a service station after having car trouble. But they have no description of the car that hit her or its driver.
Because of icy conditions on I-70, police had briefly closed the interstate farther west to give crews time to throw down salt. Motorists were diverted onto the north and south service roads.
Wentzville Police Officer Jacob Schmidt said there was a lot of traffic on those roads and he's hoping someone saw the accident. Investigators are specifically looking for motorists who may have seen something in the 2500 block of East Pitman near Maze Collision Repair about 7:30 p.m. Monday.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Wentzville Police Department at 636-327-5105 or, to remain anonymous, call the department's Crime Tip Hotline at 636-639-2180.
Schmidt said Nascimento had been in a car traveling west on I-70. With icy conditions ahead, many motorists were getting off the interstate and using the service roads. East Pitman is the north service road.
Her vehicle, traveling west on East Pitman, was having troubles, apparently with a tire, so it pulled off. A man in the car with Nascimento tended to the vehicle while Nascimento began walking east toward a service station at the next intersection.
Soon, police were called about a person in the road. When officers arrived they found someone performing CPR on Nascimento. An ambulance took her to a hospital, where she died.
Nascimento worked in nursing at The Landing of O'Fallon, Missouri, according to her Facebook profile. Ann Williams, general manager at the office, declined comment Tuesday and referred a reporter to a public relations firm in Seattle, Washington, which did not return a message.
Kym Meyers, a close friend and nursing-school classmate to Nascimento, told KTVI that Nascimento was a hard-working nurse who talked constantly about her beloved three daughters.
“Her beauty on the outside was a 10 and her beauty on the inside was a million,” Meyer told KTVI. “She will be sorely missed.”
Friends of Nascimento have set up a Gofundme to raise money for the daughters and to help pay for funeral expenses.
A man from Farmington, Missouri, who has been a longtime friend of the family and was a former neighbor, set up the fundraiser. He said Nascimento not only raised her daughters and worked her nursing job, but she also was a Girl Scout leader and helped with her fiancé's vacuum distribution business. "She was constantly on the move," the fund organizer said.