POSEN, Ill. – A Mother’s Day hit-and-run crash in South Suburban Posen claimed the life of a 62-year-old woman.
According to Posen Mayor Frank Podbielniak, Annette Odneal had just attended service at Abounding Life Church of God and Christ when she was fatally struck by a stolen vehicle driven by a 17-year-old. Police say a male juvenile driving a speeding Dodge Charger slammed into her car, killing her.
Police said the alleged male suspect left the scene of the collision. Authorities later tracked him down at Ingalls Hospital in Harvey.
Police say four more suspects remain at large. No charges have been announced at this time.
Odneal’s nephew spoke with WGN Sunday, saying that his aunt was “a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and much more. She was a retired nurse who enjoyed spending time with her family and helping out at her church, Abounding Life Church of God And Christ.”
“Annette was a ray of sunshine to all who encountered her,” the nephew added. “She was loved by everyone who knew her and will truly be missed.”
OB Odneal says he normally attended church with his wife of 36 years every Sunday. On Mother’s Day, she went alone, however. He says his wife didn’t make it to the Mother’s Day celebration she had planned with her family.
“What am I to tell my grandkids?” Odneal said. “This is hard for me to explain.”
Odneal’s family hopes someone comes forward with information.
“She didn’t deserve what happened to her,” said Cierra Odneal, Annette’s daughter. “She was on her way to my house. I just saw her on Saturday. I never thought it would be the last time seeing my mom.”
Annette’s family says the mother of two was always praying for her own family and everyone else.
“They don’t even understand that she was praying for them,” OB Odneal said. “And then she walked out of the church and lost her own life to foolishness.”
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