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5 January 2018, 10:15
Dorset detectives investigating a mum's death in a hit and run have released a woman they arrested, under investigation.
They held a woman from Dorchester on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and other offences.
Erika Prisacaru died last week after being struck as she crossed The Grove in the town.
Police were called at 7.46pm on Wednesday 27 December 2017 to reports of a collision between a pedestrian and a car on The Grove.
The female pedestrian - 39-year-old Erika Prisacaru from Dorchester - was taken to Dorset County Hospital, but she died from her injuries. She leaves behind her six-year-old son Andrei who is now being cared for by relatives. Erika's distraught family continues to be supported by specially-trained officers.
In a statement, Erika's family said:
"On Wednesday 27 December 2017 Erika Prisacaru - much loved daughter of Maria and loving mother of six-year-old Andrei - was sadly hit by a car on The Grove, Dorchester.
"The car driver did not stop and left Erika seriously injured, lying in the road. She was taken to hospital but sadly died of her injuries.
"Words cannot describe how we feel. Our lives are destroyed and we feel empty and without hope.
"We please ask the driver, or whoever knows who the driver is, to do the right thing and contact the police. We ask for privacy at this time of grief and mourning."
A 47-year-old local woman was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of a collision and perverting the course of justice and has been released under investigation while enquiries continue. A vehicle has also been seized.
Inspector Joe Pardey, of the traffic unit, said:
"I would like to thank the very many members of the public who have come forward in response to our appeals.
"I am still keen to hear from anyone who saw a dark-coloured convertible Audi A3 in either The Grove or Brewery Square at the relevant times on Wednesday 27 December and has not yet spoken to officers to please call Dorset Police.
"I would also ask for any motorists who were in these areas and have a dash cam on board to please contact us."
Anyone with information about the collision is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email SCIT@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting incident number 3:315. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.