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Investigators still searching for answers in 2017 fatal hit and run in Lehigh Acres

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Posted at 10:50 AM, Aug 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-28 10:50:01-04

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. -- Nearly two years after a Lehigh Acres woman was killed in a hit and run, tips are still needed to help find the driver responsible.

According to Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers, 29-year-old Akeera "Kee Kee" Shanks was killed overnight on October 21st, 2017 along 40th Street in Lehigh Acres.

Her body was found the next day by a bicyclist, who found her on the side of the road.

Some leads were generated shortly after the crash, but investigators are hopeful that someone who knows something about the driver will finally clear their conscience and come forward.

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“Kee Kee was the light of her family, and it’s been a painful nearly two years trying to wrap their heads around the fact that the person who took her life never even stopped and tried to render help,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator. “There is a strong likelihood that the driver lives or lived in the Lehigh area, so we hope that someone knows something or heard something about the person responsible for Kee Kee’s death. The driver took a life and doesn’t deserve the protection of friends or family – this person needs to be held accountable.”

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Akeera “Kee Kee” Shanks

In an effort to keep her memory alive, Kee Kee’s family is working on placing a pink park bench at the corner of 40th Street and Rena Avenue for students waiting for their school bus in the morning. It’s one way, they hope, to keep others walking on that road safe from irresponsible drivers.

Anyone with information on the identity of the driver who took Akeera Shanks’ life is asked to call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000. Tips may also be made online at or by submitting a tip on the P3Tips mobile app.