MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The 17-year old and 6-year old daughters of Takesha Hayes never thought they’d have to sit in a news conference as their older family members pleaded for justice.READ MORE: Miami-Dade Police Department Honors Fallen Law Enforcement Officers
Hayes, who had previously suffered a stroke was crossing Northwest 54th Street near fourth in her motorized wheelchair when an SUV, captured on surveillance video ran her over, dragging her down the street.
“The person that was taken away from us, she was the light of our hearts, she was the comedian of the family. When someone was down, she was the one who uplifted us,” said Hayes’ cousin Simone Reese.
Her family sent a clear message to the driver who hit her.
“ I know you know you ran into something. You hit something but you kept going. I don’t want to talk,” said Hayes’ older sister Sabrina Williams, choking up.
“We just ask that you show some compassion, some remorse. Repent to whoever your God is and turn yourself in,” pleaded Reese.READ MORE: Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Warns Company Could Take Ships Out Of Florida Over Vaccine Proof Ban
Nearly two weeks after the crime, investigators continue to piece together the evidence to find the driver.
Traffic Homicide Detective Dino Thompson wants to do right by this family.
“I am going to do whatever is in my power to find who is responsible for this horrific crash,” he said.
“We’ll forgive you if you can forgive yourself and turn yourself in,” insisted Reese.
Hayes’ family said an arrest would help ease their grief and to show two young girls that though life is clearly not fair, there can be justice.
Police are looking for a black Ford Explorer Sports Trac from between model years 2000 to 2002.MORE NEWS: Federal Appeals Court Orders New Trial For Former US Rep. Corrine Brown
If you have info that can help call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.