Family Begs Hit-and-Run Driver to Come Forward in Toddler's Death

Investigators have questioned the owner of the truck, but police said his statement did not lead to any information on who was driving the truck during the hit-and-run

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    The family of Asianae Thomas is urging the driver involved in the 2 year old's hit and run death last month to come forward to police. Despite surveillance video showing the suspected vehicle near the scene of the crash, investigators have yet to identify a driver. Tony Shin reports from San Bernardino for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 19, 2014.

    The family of a 2-year-old girl killed by a hit-and-run driver is pleading for the person responsible to come forward as police have yet to make an arrest more than a month later.

    Asianae Thomas was crossing the street in front of her family's home in the 2400 block of North Mountain View Avenue on May 4 when she was struck by a dark pickup truck. Now, family members are begging the driver and any witnesses to go to police.

    "You killed somebody," said Asianae's grandmother Charlotte Windom. "You murdered this little girl and this little girl is my grand baby. Do you have a conscience? You know, just think if this was your grandchild."

    Days after the girl was killed, San Bernardino police released surveillance video of the possible hit-and-run vehicle. Police then found an abandoned black pickup truck (pictured) not far from Mountain View Avenue. 

    "Every indication is that is the vehicle," San Bernardino Police Sgt. Richard Lawhead said.

    Family members thought an arrest would quickly follow, but more than a month later, that has not happened.

    "Do you know how much that hurt? Every day, every night I think about her. I can barely go to sleep without thinking about her and it hurt me."

    Investigators have questioned the owner of the truck, but police said his statement did not lead to any information on who was driving the truck during the hit-and-run.

    "We've done an outstanding job of putting video evidence together and everything else," Lawhead said. "Now we need somebody who can actually put a driver in that vehicle."

    Windom is hoping friends and family members of the driver will be brave enough to speak up.

    "If you have a heart, come forward for Asianae. Do it for her," Windom said. 

    Investigators have collected DNA evidence from they hope will give them enough evidence to file charges. Results are expected in a few weeks.

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