AMES, Iowa -- As Iowa State students count down to the end of finals week, some are concerned time is running out on finding who hit and killed 18-year-old Emmalee Jacobs early Monday.
“There could be a potential witnesses that saw something but they may be a student, so they could be leaving town this week after they take their test, and then going back to their community. So we are trying to get the word out,” said Ames police commander Jason Tuttle.
The city has confirmed discussions with the university about campus safety.
“We get complaints frequently in that stretch of Lincoln [Way] of conflicts between pedestrians and vehicles or bicycles and vehicles,” Tuttle said.
But even with a memorial dedicated to Jacobs just feet away from where she was hit, many are still seen disobeying traffic signs.
“I’ve seen a lot of students try to beat the light, try to get to where they are going pretty quickly. I've also seen a lot of students looking down at papers trying to get that last minute cramming in. And drivers try to beat the yellow light sometimes when they cross,” said student Collin Still.
More signs and requests for witnesses to come forward have been placed nearby to raise awareness and help with the case.
A large obstacle in the investigation is that authorities can't reconstruct the scene because the driver fled.
“We can't speculate who was at fault that morning, but we want them to do the right thing and come forward,” Tuttle said.
Tuttle said they've even reached out to local and statewide body shops to check if any recent repairs were made to vehicles that may have damage linking them to the scene of Monday’s hit-and-run.
The Jacobs family will greet friends between 4 - 8 p.m. Friday, Dec.18, at the Center Point United Methodist Church located at 815 Summit St. in Center Point.
EmmaLee's service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19 at the Center-Point Urbana High School.
If you have any information, you are encouraged to call the Ames Police Department at 515-239-5133 or the anonymous tip line at 515-239-5533.