Parents plead for clues in hit and run that injured daughter
FAIRFIELD, Ohio (WKRC) - Christi Lester has spent the last four days at Children's Hospital Medical Center with her 10-year-old daughter Mahayla. Sunday evening, she was hit by a car and the driver didn't stop.
"I'm just really upset. How can you just do this hit and run." Lester asked.
Mahayla's father was in church in Savannah, GA when his phone wouldn't stop ringing Sunday night. He answered it and was told Mahayla had been hit and was on her way to the hospital.
"I went into prayer mode, quick. I was shaking. I cried. I was like who would do this," William Lester asked himself.
Sunday night at 6:15 p.m., Mahayla and her older brother were crossing Southgate Blvd. at Corydale Drive when a white car hit her. The pair was on their way home from the store. The area where Mahayla was hit was only yards from her home. A neighbor called 911 while Mahayla's brother ran home to tell his mom what happened.
"They said the car was just way far down the road and it just like speeded up and they were just right there at the curb and he said the car turned toward them," Christi Lester recalled.
Fairfield police have received tips about the car but they haven't been able to find it - yet.
"It was right around the time of the Super Bowl, so it could have been somebody going to a Super Bowl party," said Officer Doug Day of the Fairfield Police Dept. "We don't know so anyone that would think it might be one of their friends or maybe saw that car at other get-togethers, man, please call."
The Lesters have been praying over the last few days and thinking positively. Now Mahayla's condition is improving. She suffered a skull fracture, a brain bleed and a broken leg.
"She is talking, she is reading, she is coloring, she is starting to walk a little bit. She's starting to get back to herself," William said.
The Lesters are grateful for the care their daughter has received at Children's Hospital. They're focused on helping their daughter heal and finding the person who hit her.
"The family, the neighbors, the co-workers of the person that hit, you know. If they would just come forward. This was just an innocent, 10-year-old girl," Christi said.
The car that hit Mahayla is described as a white sporty car with tinted windows and blue lights around the taillights.
Anyone with information about it can call CrimeStoppers at 513.352.3040 of Fairfield Police at 513.829.8201