Dozens of people gathered Wednesday night in San Bernardino on the spot where a hit-and-run driver struck a 2-year-old girl and left her for dead in the street.
Asianae Thomas was at a family birthday party on Sunday when she wandered onto Mountain View Avenue where she was hit by a vehicle, which some family members described as a black truck.
At a prayer vigil for the toddler on Wednesday, her distraught mother begged the driver who hit her to come forward.
“He needs to come out and tell the world what he did to my baby, because he killed her,” mother Erika Hannah said. “She was only a little girl. She was only 2.”
San Bernardino police confirmed Wednesday that the toddler was on life-support and had been declared brain-dead.
But some family member were still holding out hope that the toddler might somehow survive.
“I would just like to clarify that a lot of people are saying my daughter is gone. She’s not gone,” her father, Anton Thomas, said on Tuesday. “It ain’t gone until God says she’s gone.”
Investigators were looking for a truck spotted on surveillance video from a local convenient store just south of the area where the crash occurred.
The vehicle depicted in the photograph turned northbound just one minute before police started receiving 911 calls about the crash, according to a news release from the San Bernardino Police Department.
The vehicle appears to be dark in color with a flatbed of some kind, the release stated.
The girl’s grandmother also made a plea to the driver.
“That’s all I ask, justice,” the grandmother said during the vigil. “You don’t got to tell us about it. You can go tell the San Bernardino police about it. Just let justice be done for her.”
Anyone with information was asked to contact Detective Peck at 909-384-5664.