UPDATE: Funeral services for Ashley Dorsey set for Saturday, October 26

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MONROE, La. (10/25/19) — Funeral services for Ashley Lauren Dorsey, the Monroe teenager who was killed during a hit and run accident earlier this week, have been set for this weekend.

The visitation will be held on Saturday, October 26 from 10 AM to 1 PM with the service following after. Services for Dorsey will be held at The Assembly in West Monroe before she is laid to rest at the Mulhearn Memorial Park in Monroe.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help the family with medical and funeral expenses and has already raised over $9,000.

MONROE, La. (10/23/19)–Classmates wanted to make sure loved ones had a chance to pay their respects tonight during a vigil, multiple friends came forward sharing what they loved about Ashley.

Candles fill the hands of hundred of students and parents who’ve gathered in honor of 15- year old, Ashley Dorsey.

“I’m overwhelmed, I cant believe this is happening,” said Aspen Duckett, Ashley’s Friend.

What was suppose to be a short ride on a skateboard to a friends house, ended when 51-year-old Daniel D. Ross hit her and kept driving. Now, loved ones are talking about who she once was and how she impacted Neville High.

“Ashley was really funny, she was always laughing and smiling, she loved everyone, she was just so sweet to everyone,” said Duckett.

Everyone who knew her is struggling to believe that this is real.

“I was kind of in shock at first, I just seen her yesterday and then to hear about it, it was just really shocking,” said Elle Carter, Ashley’s Teammate.

Many schoolmates reminisced on their favorite things about Ashley.
“She was like the mom of the friend group, anything you needed she had it,” said Jada Jones, Ashley’s Friend.

“My favorite memory was when I heard her call my name and I would turn around and she would give me a big hug,” said Duckett.

They’re just kids having fun, never thinking it could be the last time they made memories with their friend.

“Her and her parents got me a cake and Jonny’s Pizza and candles. Me and Ashley stayed in her room and stayed up all night playing video games,” said Jones.

Everyone wishing the driver of the white SUV would’ve stopped to help her.

“Why did you keep driving, you should have turned yourself in, you should have helped her and called 911,” said Duckett.

Friends say she was the light of the school, making sure everyone had a smile on their face. Tonight, is a night friends had to say goodbye…but Ashley Dorsey will always be remembered at Neville High.

GoFundMe page to help Ashley’s family.

UPDATE: (9:30 PM) — The Monroe Police Detectives have charged 51-year-old Daniel Ross of Monroe with negligent homicide and felony hit-and-run in connection with the death of 15-year-old Ashley Dorsey.

Daniel Lynn Ross, Jr. / Courtesy: OPSO

According to online arrest records, police say they found Ross’ vehicle, and it had match damage to evidence from the crash scene. They say after they mirandized Ross, he admitted his car hit the victim, and he did not stop to help her.

Also in the report below, police say Ross has a criminal history including a Hit & Run in 2016, DWI, and Careless Operation.

Detectives were able to identify that Daniel Ross was driving a white Chevy Equinox when he struck Ashley Dorsey while she was riding her skateboard on Park Avenue yesterday evening. Detectives were able to secure a confession from Ross who will be booked into to Ouachita Parish Detention Center.

MPD would like to thank all of the concerned citizens who checked their outdoor cameras and provided a wealth of information to help bring this investigation full circle and provide the victims’ family with some degree of comfort in this extremely difficult time.

UPDATE: (6:30 PM) — “She had a really strong light. Just anywhere she goes. There was just light,” said David Hudson, friend of Dorsey.

Dorsey’s family says she was riding a skateboard down the road to meet a friend at his house when the driver hit her.

Tuesday, Dorsey was flown to the hospital for treatment. Wednesday, family and friends say she passed away.

“She was one of my best friends. A natural outgoing person. Just extremely nice. I’m kinda rough around the edges and she was that one person who would just smooth it and was easy to talk to,” said Hudson.

Her friends are shocked to learn they will no longer see her smiling face in the halls of Neville High.

“She cared about everybody so much, probably more than herself really. She just always wanted to make sure everyone was okay. She never had anything bad to say about anybody. She would always check up on me…like everyday and it’s just hard that I’m not gonna be able to talk to her anymore,” said Will Guy, Friend of Dorsey.

Dorsey was a light to everyone and brought out the best side of everyone.

“It’s not really any specific memories, it’s just her as a person. Her whole–her soul was very pure. One of the most selfless people I’ve ever known,” said Guy.

Investigators are urging residents in the area of Eason pl. and Park ave. to check the surveillance systems between the times of 6:30pm and 7:00pm for a white colored SUV traveling in the area.

If you have information, call the Monroe Police Department. Your call can remain anonymous.

UPDATE: (4:40 p.m.) — Friends of Ashley Dorsey, the Neville High School sophomore killed in a hit & run in Monroe, have set up a GoFundMe page to help Ashley’s family.

On the page, set up by Caitlin Hinton and Amanda Ross, they say they wanted to honor their friend by helping Ashley’s family financially through this tough time.

Ashley Dorsey was involved in a hit and run accident on October 22, 2019 and gained her wings on October 23, 2019.  Ashley was a bright, beautiful young lady that was taken from this world too soon.  Friends of the family have set up this GoFundMe to help cover Ashley’s medical and funeral expenses.  Please keep Ashley’s parents, Amanda & Jacob Robinson, and Mike Dorsey, as well as her brothers, Jeremy, Connor, and Oliver in your prayers during this difficult time.  Thank you all for your donations, prayers, and support.

-GoFundMe page for Ashley Dorsey’s family

CLICK HERE for the link to the GoFundMe page to help Ashley’s family with medical and funeral expenses.

UPDATE: MONROE, La. (10/23/19) – (1:04 p.m.) Please be on the lookout for a white SUV as seen in the photo attached.

The vehicle should have front passenger side damage to it. The vehicle was involved in a fatal hit and run incident that occurred on 10-22-19.  

Earlier eyewitness reports led investigators to believe a black 4X4 truck was involved, however after securing video, it was determined that a white SUV appears to be involved in the fatal hit and run.

The video quality is not clear enough to make a determination of the make and model of the vehicle, however, we are sharing the evidence we have with the public while continuing to work this incident aggressively.

Investigators are urging residents in the area of Eason Place and Park Avenue to check the surveillance systems between the times of 6:30pm and 7:00pm for a white colored SUV traveling in the area.

We ask anyone with information to contact the Monroe Police Department at 329-2600 or North Delta Crime Stoppers at 388-2274.

We will update this article as we receive more information.

UPDATE: MONROE, La. (10/23/19) — (10:45 AM) The victim has been identified by Neville High School as 15-year-old Ashley Dorsey through a post on their Facebook page.

Monroe City School Board District 2 member Jennifer Haneline also posted this morning expressing condolences to Dorsey’s family.

UPDATE: MONROE, La. (10/23/19) — (10:30 AM) The Monroe Police Department has confirmed that the 15-year-old victim has passed away.

Police are still looking for more information surrounding this case.

If you have any information, please call the Monroe Police Department at 318-329-2600 or the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-329-1200.

ORIGINAL: MONROE, La. (10/22/19) — Monroe Police wants your help finding information on a hit-and-run that leaves a 15-year-old seriously injured. That teen has been airlifted to a hospital for treatment.

Police say it happened, Tuesday around 6:50 p.m. on Park Avenue near Eason Place. Police suspect the teen was hit by a 4×4 pick-up truck like a Dodge Ram or a white SUV in the likes of a Ford Explorer. The vehicle will have damages to the front headlight and grill.

Anyone in the surrounding area is encouraged to check video surveillance and anyone with information is encouraged to contact Monroe Police at (318) 329-2600 or The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office at (318) 329-1200.

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