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FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) — Police have released surveillance video of a car suspected of killing a teenager in a hit and run.
Detectives believe a dark-colored car, going westbound on Sunrise then north on 15 ave, could be the vehicle that hit 15-year-old Jaliah Cross and left her to die in the road.
“You can run, you can hide, but only for so long,” said Jaliah’s Godmother Verna Poole. “Because at the end of the day you will be brought to justice.”
The family is hoping the vehicle will look familiar to someone and they’re making a direct appeal to body shop owners — if the driver takes it to get fixed, don’t cover for him.
“If you do that you’re just as guilty,” said Poole, “You’re a murderer yourself. Because you’re saying it doesn’t matter that you took this little innocent girl’s life.”
Traffic homicide detectives are passing out flyers at local businesses and going to body shops. For many in this neighborhood, Jaliah’s death hits close to home.
“That could have been my daughter, my sister, my cousin,” said Darrell Gurley as he put up a flyer at his car wash.
Meanwhile, the roadside memorial to Jaliah grows. Even strangers are moved to visit.
“I have two daughters of my own and I could not imagine the grief this mother is going through,” said Karen Hails. “It’s just horrible.”
Making it more horrible for Jaliah’s family and friends is the fact that no one has taken responsibility.
“You was a coward,” said Poole. “You hit her and you kept going. You never looked back to see if she got up off the road, did she stay in the road, just kept going.”
If you have information that can help find that driver, call Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.