Pedestrian killed, driver flees early morning Rapid City crash

Police are investigating a crash that killed a juvenile female pedestrian.
Police are investigating a crash that killed a juvenile female pedestrian.(Rapid City Police Department)
Published: Oct. 14, 2022 at 10:25 AM MDT
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - Rapid City police are looking for a driver who fled the scene of a deadly crash that killed a 14-year-old pedestrian Friday morning.

The crash was around 12:25 a.m. Friday, at the intersection of East Van Buren and North LaCrosse streets. Witnesses reportedly told police that the teen was walking along the sidewalk on North LaCrosse when she attempted to cross the intersection. That’s when she was hit by a vehicle that left the scene, heading south on LaCrosse.

The teen’s mother, Heather R. Bettelyoun, posted on KOTA TV’s Facebook page - “This is my daughter Nevaeh Brave Heart. Anyone seen or, knows any information please help. I love and miss you Nevaeh, Justice will be served.”

Rapid City police released this image of the vehicle suspected of being involved in the crash....
Rapid City police released this image of the vehicle suspected of being involved in the crash. They say it appears to be a 2007 to 2013 Chevy Silverado pickup.(Rapid City Police Department)

Anyone with information can call Det. Brendan Lenard at 605-394-4134. An anonymous tip can also be submitted by texting the letters ‘RCPD’ and the information to 847411. The vehicle was described as a newer dark-colored full-size pickup truck. Police ask for the public’s help in finding the pickup and the driver.