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Family Of Hit-and-Run Victim Speaking Out, Looking For Help

By: Emily Johnson;Garin Flowers; Bailey Myers Email
By: Emily Johnson;Garin Flowers; Bailey Myers Email
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By: Garin Flowers
March 7, 2014

Her name was Twayla Ragin. She was a mother of three - visiting Tallahassee and getting ready to move here from Atlanta.

Her two aunts and uncle were looking forward to spending more time with her, but instead, she was killed in a hit-and-run accident.

"We want to put a face to this tragedy and not just think that she was some unknown person, that she has a family that loves her," said Verna Jones, Ragin's aunt.

"It devastated everybody. The whole family," said Early Jones, Ragin's uncle.

"She was just a wonderful person and a people person and loved to go out and have fun and just enjoy herself," said Gloria Gibson, also Ragin's aunt.

It all happened February 15 on Osceola Street near the Top Flite club in Tallahassee.

Police said just before 2 a.m., Ragin and her boyfriend, Anthony Gibson, were in the street when the car hit them and fled.

TPD said before the crash, officers were already at Top Flite dealing with another situation. They said those officers heard the car hit the victims outside.

Gibson survived. Ragin did not. It's weeks later and still no arrest has been made.

"If anybody knows anything, come forward. Right now," Early said.

TPD describes the suspect's car as a dark-colored Chevy Impala between the model years of 2007-2009.

"Any bit of information can help and so just think about if it was your family member," Verna said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Tallahassee Police Department at 850-574-TIPS.

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By: Emily Johnson
February 17, 2017

Tallahassee, FL - "I heard sounded like two gunshots at the moment and then saw a car flying past me," said Tiffany Thompson, Witness of hit and run.

Tallahassee Police said the suspect of the hit and run that killed one person and injured another was driving down Osceola Street outside of the Top Flight Night Club in a dark colored Chevy sedan.

"Turning around and seeing where the car came from and seeing the body laying there on the side that's when I immediately figured out it wasn't gunshots that it was a hit traffic accident," said Thompson.

39-year-old Twayla Ragin was killed by the hit and run driver, while 39-year-old Anthony Gibson is being treated for his injuries at a local hospital.

A small memorial of a cross, white roses and a teddy bear has been place at the scene in Ragin's honor.

"For the parents and the family to get a call at 2:30-3:00 o'clock in the morning saying that your child is deceased, that's a hurting thing and you have no clues of what's going on," said Walter Linton, Witness to hit and run.

TPD is asking if you have any information on the suspect to please contact them at 606-5800 or Big Bend Crime Stoppers at 574-TIPS



News Release: Tallahassee Police Department

The Tallahassee Police Department’s Traffic Homicide Unit is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the vehicle in a hit and run crash that left one person dead and sent another to the hospital.

TPD officers heard the crash at approximately 1:50am Sunday morning while dealing with another arrestee in the 600 block of Osceola Street. The Top Flight Club is in the same block and the two victims were walking near the club at the time of the accident.

The female, who died at the scene, has been identified as Twayla S. Ragin. The male victim, who is still in a local hospital recovering from his injuries, has been identified as Anthony J. Gibson. The suspect vehicle has been described by witnesses as a dark colored Chevrolet sedan with front end damage as a result of the crash.

TPD’s Traffic Homicide Unit is pursuing all leads and asks community members with information about this case to please call TPD at 606-5800 or the Big Bend Crime Stoppers at 574-TIPS. Crime Stoppers does not want your name, just your information; and, you may be eligible for a cash reward.

Deceased:
Twayla S. Ragin Black Female DOB: 12/19/74

Injured:
Anthony T. Gibson Black Male DOB: 12/17/74


By: Bailey Myers
February 15th, 2014

Tallahassee FL- One person is dead and another hospitalized after an early morning hit and run.

It all happened around one fifty near the 600 block of Osceola street in Tallahassee. The Tallahassee Police Department tells us officers were at the Top Flite night club responding to another incident when the they heard about an accident. That's when they discovered the two victims lying in the street.

Now police are turning to the public for help in identifying the car. As TPD Spokesman David Northway explains, "We are looking for a dark colored sadan type vehicle. So, a car- not a van not an SUV. That would have front end damage.

TPD also told us they are not sure how the two people hit knew each other but the female victim was pronounced dead at the scene while male victim was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening issues. Anyone with more information is encouraged to call TPD at : 850-574-TIPS


By: Garin Flowers

Tallahassee- Tallahassee police are looking for the driver of a car that hit two pedestrians and then took off. One victim died on the scene, the other was taken to a nearby hospital.

It all happened around 1:50 a.m. Right outside of the Top Flite night club on Osceola Street.

A police spokesman tells us officers were already at the night club for another call about a disturbance. That's when they heard the traffic crash.


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