Surveillance Video Released in Girl's Hit-and-Run Case

"Just turn yourself in because God knows everything you do, everything you do, and you will never sleep," the victim's family member said

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    A surveillance video image taken after a young girl was struck by a hit-and-run driver in San Bernardino.

    New surveillance video may give San Bernardino police the break they were searching for in the case of a hit-and-run collision that left a young girl in grave condition.

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    San Bernardino police are hoping a surveillance photo of the truck believed to have hit and killed 2-year-old Asianae Thomas over the weekend will help them catch its driver. Tony Shin reports from San Bernardino for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (Published Friday, May 9, 2014)

    "That is the truck," said the victim’s cousin, Felicia Windom. "We got him. We got something, you know? That’s what we’ve been praying for."

    Asianae Thomas was at a birthday party playing in a bounce house before wandering into the street and being struck by a vehicle in the 2400 block of North Mountain View Avenue, police said. A previous version of this story identified the victim as Asianae Thomas, age 3.

    Family members told NBC4 on Tuesday that Thomas had died after suffering severe head trauma.
    The girl died Wednesday at a hospital, according to the coroner's office.

    The surveillance images came from a 7-Eleven camera at the corner of Mountain View and Highland avenues (map). It shows a dark-colored truck, possibly a flatbed with utility boxes behind the cab, turning left onto Mountain View Avenue just a minute before the girl's family called 911.

    "That is a hit-and-run," Windom said. "That is downright murder."

    Investigators are hoping the unique description of the truck will lead them to the driver. They said there is a chance that the driver may have not known that they he or she ran over a child.

    "If it was a true accident, those things will be reviewed by the district attorney's office, and we'll see where we go. But right now we are looking at a felony hit-and-run," said Lt. Rich Lawhead of the San Bernardino Police Department.

    Witnesses had varying descriptions of the vehicle and police said they have partial license plate numbers.

    "Just turn yourself in because God knows everything you do, everything you do, and you will never sleep," Windom said.

    Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call Detective Peck at 909-384-5664.

    Willian Avila contributed to this report.

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