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Waterloo Police: Death Was Hit & Run Accident

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WATERLOO, Iowa - Officials have identified the woman killed in what police describe as a hit and run in Waterloo. A passing patrol officer discovered the body of Becky Lawless, 59, of 1544 Patton Ave., near the intersection of Washington Street and West Mullan Avenue after finding items in the roadway at about 4 a.m.

Authorities spent the morning taking pictures of the scene and looking for evidence. As of late this morning, police had not made any arrests related to the case. They also had not named any suspects.

Bill Koch's driveway was roped off with police tape as part of the investigation. He didn't notice a thing, overnight. "Around 5:00 this morning there was a knock on the door and I answered it and it was a police officer, and he asked me if I had heard anything or seen anything. I said I had not, I have not heard anything I was not aware of what had happened," Koch said.

Jeff Simpson, the victim's brother, said Lawless had lived at the home of her father since last winter. Some members of the family had gotten together on Easter Sunday at the home of Lawless' daughter in Cedar Falls.

Family members said Lawless' father had dropped her off later at a boyfriend's home and that's the last anyone saw of her.

The family said the boyfriend, whom they didn't name, told them he got up early in the morning and Lawless had left. Lawless did not have a car.

Another friend said the woman she knew as "Aunt Becky" had a habit of walking to get around and could have simply left the other location and been walking toward her home.

It isn't clear how long Lawless had been there and who may have struck her. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday by the State Medical Examiner's Office in Ankeny.

Waterloo police said there were no witnesses and are asking anyone with information to come forward.

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