Annie Leung was a budding artist with a generous heart.
Now the parents of the 16-year-old PoCo teen killed in a hit-and-run last month are hoping the driver will come forward and turn him or herself in.
Leung’s parents Maggie and Ricky made the tearful plea at the Coquitlam RCMP detachment Thursday in front of media.
“We urge you to step forward and tell us what happened,” Maggie said, at times wiping away tears.
“It’s still not too late to do the right thing. We know you are struggling with your conscience — and only by stepping forward, you could live peacefully with yourself.
Emergency crews were called to the intersection of Pitt River Road and Mary Hill Road at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 10 to a report of a pedestrian being struck.
Investigators said Leung was crossing Mary Hill with a friend when a dark-coloured truck hit her while she was in the crosswalk.
The driver allegedly stopped for a moment, looked back, then took off.
Leung, a Riverside Secondary student, was killed.
The family offered more words to the alleged driver, and forgiveness.
“We understand it’s an accident and nobody wanted it to happen,” Maggie said.
“We can forgive you and we believe our daughter would forgive you as well. Annie was such a kind and loving child.”
The family also talked about their daughter, noting she liked to draw and wanted to be an artist, designer or author when she got older.
“She loved to contribute anything she could to help her school,” her parents said, adding Annie would help draw posters to promote school activities.
The family thanked a young man they said tried to save their daughter’s life by holding her and calling 911 after the crash.
The family also thanked Annie’s classmates at Riverside, neighbours and strangers for placing flowers and cards at the scene of the crash.
Maggie also said she never had concern for Annie’s safety walking along Pitt River Road, pointing out she walked the same route without problems for more than a year before the crash.
As for the investigation, RCMP Cpl. Jamie Chung said police have followed up on several leads, but no suspect or vehicle has been identified.
“In a case like this it’s not uncommon for us to interview several people or examine several vehicles to try and find the right one,” he said.
A few days after the incident, RCMP released a video, taken from a nearby home on Mary Hill Road, which shows a possible suspect in a black truck driving away near the scene of the crash.
Chung noted the video has led to tips from the public, but did not offer specific details.
He also suggested the purpose of the family making a plea is to give the driver a chance to come forward.
“There are two sides to the story and we really want to hear from him,” Chung said.
Mounties are asking anyone with information related to the collision or the identity of the driver to contact Coquitlam RCMP traffic services at 604-945-1550 and quote file number 2013-27102.
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