The mother of a 16-year-old girl who was struck and killed in a hit-and-run more than a month ago says she can forgive the unidentified driver, but she needs to know what happened to her only child.
Annie Leung, 16, died in hospital after she was struck in a marked crosswalk at the intersection of Mary Hill Road and Pitt River Road in Coquitlam on Sept. 10.
Surveillance video released by police shows a man getting out of his truck, looking to see what happened, and then getting back in his truck and driving away.
Today, Annie's mother Maggie begged the driver to come forward.
"We can forgive you and we believe Annie will forgive you too as she was such a kind, caring child in her life," she said.
Police are looking for an older man with greying hair. Police initially described the suspect vehicle as an older model Ford F-150 pick-up truck with a black canopy, but later described the vehicle as simply "a large black truck."
The suspect vehicle was last seen heading south on Mary Hill Road.
Anyone with any information about the collision or the identity of the driver is asked to contact the Coquitlam RCMP Traffic Services at 604-945-1550 or to contact Crime Stoppers anonymously.
Maggie and Ricky Leung’s statement
Released by Coquitlam RCMP
To the driver who's involved in the collision: We know you are out there and you know what happened on September 10th at the intersection of Mary Hill Road and Pitt River Road in Port Coquitlam. You are somebody's father, son, or husband; your loved ones would feel the same as we do if someone they love was suddenly taken away from them.
Our family was deeply impacted when our daughter, Annie, was taken away from us in the accident. She was so beautiful and she was our only child.
We understand it's an accident and nobody wanted it to happen. We can forgive you and we believe our daughter would forgive you as well. Annie was such a kind and loving child.
We urge you to step forward and tell us what happened. It's still not too late to do the right thing. We know you are struggling with your own conscience; and only by stepping forward, you could live peacefully with yourself.
To the public who knows anything about the accident: We have suffered a tremendous sorrow for the sudden loss of our daughter, Annie. She was only 16 and should have had a beautiful life ahead of her. However, she died so suddenly in this hit and run accident and we didn't even get a chance to say good-bye to her. Our family has been devastated ever since then.
We would like to encourage anyone who knows anything about the driver, his truck or any information about the accident to call the Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550.
We are very grateful for the police's dedication in this hit and run investigation. We also very much appreciate all of our friends and the local community’s supports to our family.
We would like to give a special thank you to the young man who tried to save Annie's life by holding on to her and calling 911 after she was hit by the truck.
We would also like to give a special thank you to Annie's schoolmates, teachers, neighbours, even people who don't know her. You were so kind by placing flowers, cards and words of care to the accident location. Some of you even came to Annie's funeral and wished her to rest in peace.
We are very touched by all the kind things you have done for Annie. You all make us feel that the world is still full of love and care. Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts.