The family of Phoua Thao Hang pleaded Wednesday for anyone with information about a hit and run driver who killed her to come forward.
It happened Sunday in St. Paul, MN when a man driving a stolen car rammed his vehicle into another being driven by Hang’s husband of 50 years.
Hang “was senselessly killed when a stolen vehicle rammed into her car,” the family said in a statement, according to the Pioneer Press.
KARE11 reported Hang’s husband fainted after learning about his wife’s death. He has been treated and released from the hospital.
“Phoua Thao Hang was the singular most important person in our lives,” family friend and Judge Gail Chang Bohr read in a statement from the family. “The light has gone out of our world. There will be a time in the future when we will share more about what she meant to us. For now, please respect our privacy as we grieve.”
Hang’s grandson is State Rep. Jay Xiong (St. Paul). Her daughter and son founded the Hmong American Farmers Association.
St Paul Mayor Melvin Carter fondly remembered Hang.
“To say that Mrs. Hang was an incredible individual would be an understatement,” said St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter. “She was a precious soul. You can see that in her family. You can see that in her children and grandchildren.”
“If you were one of the people directly involved, please turn yourself in to the police,” Bohr said. “If you know someone who was directed involved, share this information with the police. It is never too late to do the right thing.”
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