Suspect arrested in fatal hit-and-run on East State

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A vehicle of interest in a fatal hit-and-run on Aug. 25, 2021, is shown. (Fort Wayne Police)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Fort Wayne Police have made an arrest in a fatal hit-and-run along East State Boulevard late last month.

Samuel Eugene Lovellette

Samuel Eugene Lovellette, 52, is charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident which Resulted in Death (Level 4 felony) and Obstruction of Justice (level 6 felony) related to the Aug. 25 crash that killed Keilan Melisa Moreira of Fort Wayne.

Lovellette was arrested Friday evening.

The police department previously sent out requests for the community’s help in this investigation.

“As a result, we received valuable information from the community,” the police department said today in a press release.

Moreira’s mother Florida explained in an interview how her daughter’s death has shattered their family.

She described Keilan as “her heart, her friend, her everything”. She said the pain of not seeing her come home is unbearable, adding that she knows she will never get her daughter back. Moreira said she would have peace once the person responsible for her daughter’s death is apprehended.

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