Suspect in Fort Myers fatal hit-and-run case is back on the streets

Reporter: Justin Kase
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A driver accused of hitting and killing a woman, then speeding off, is back on our streets Thursday night.

Eight children are left behind after a hit-and-run killed Edith Herrera Zamora, 41. Her daughter, Edith Rivera Herrera, said she is sad that she won’t have a mother to kiss and hug on Mother’s Day.

Zamora’s daughter is now only left with memories of the one she loved the most.

“We went out to eat every Mothers’ Day and every night we’d open presents with her,” Herrera said. “We bought her… each kid bought a present for her.”

Investigators later arrested a suspect, John Armstrong, 30, running from the scene. He faces hit-and-run charges in the case. In a separate incident, Armstrong faces charges of robbery, burglary and trespassing.

Zamora’s neighbors can not believe she is gone. Joel Rodriguez-Cabrera’s son played with Zamora’s kids, including her young son with special needs. He said he feels awful for the family.

“They’ll be suffering a lot because it’s a loss, you know,” Rodriguez-Cabrera said. “My son’s best friends are their kids.”

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