GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN) — The family of a 16-year-old girl who was seriously injured by a hit-and-run driver are begging that driver to come forward.
Aleyda Perez was walking home from a friend’s house around 10:45 p.m. Friday night was struck while crossing at 199th and SE Stark Street in Gresham, in a marked, lighted crosswalk.
Police said driver did not stop and fled the scene.
According to her mother Paula Rosa Perez, Aleyda was found a block away from the crosswalk.
“They left my baby on the street for dead,” Perez told KOIN.
A couple eventually stopped and stayed with the girl until help arrived. She was taken to the hospital with traumatic injuries. Perez said her daughter suffered punctured lungs, broken ribs, a fractured leg, a broken pelvic bone and internal bleeding from liver damage. Her forehead was also injured.
Aleyda is a tenth-grader who loves to sing and was going to go to her high school prom on May 17.
“She was gonna go to prom,” Perez said. “We were just going to go get her dress and her shoes and that’s not going to be able to happen…. She’s just messed up. She can’t even move, she can’t even walk.”
Perez said Aleyda has already undergone 2 surgeries and blood transfusions to replace 6 pints of blood she lost.
“She’s gonna be alright but we really need somebody to come forward,” Aleyda’s aunt Kelly Espinoza said. “What if it was your child? How could you just leave somebody so little and so innocent for dead? It’s not OK … there will be justice, believe me.”
Gresham Police are looking for information about the incident and ask anyone who knows anything to call the tip line at 503.618.2719.
“Whoever left her out there, whoever knows anything, who did this to my baby, please please come and say something because they left her out there to die,” Perez said. “She’s never going to be the same, ever…. I’m grateful she’s alive right now but we need justice.”