FORT WORTH — Charges could soon be upgraded in the hit-and-run accident that took the life of five-year-old Khila Hayes.
Police say 20-year-old Daniel McDonald plowed into a group of children who were walking to a Fort Worth playground on Sunday afternoon, then drove away.
The crash also left Khila's six-year-old cousin Dmajay Perry badly injured, with a dozen staples in his scalp. Khila could not be saved.
"When I woke up this morning, I looked at the spot where she sleeps, and I just kept hoping that this was all a messed up dream," said the girl's tearful mother, Keisha Williams.
A memorial of stuffed animals, candles, and balloons now marks the spot where the girl known as "MooMoo" was killed by a hit-and-run driver.
"He didn't even stop to see if she was okay; he just kept going," said Ladazja Williams, Khila's 13-year-old sister.
Shamika Colbert nearly lost her son. Dmajay Perry was hit by the same SUV that killed Khila. He needed a dozen staples in his scalp, but he remembers seeing his friend on the pavement.
"MooMoo wasn't breathing," he said.
"Murder and attempted murder — that's what the charges should be," Colbert said.
Fort Worth police said the driver of the SUV, Daniel McDonald, currently faces charges of failure to render aid.
"I have a lot of anger. I have a lot of hate for that man," said Keisha Williams.
She prays insurance will cover the cost of a funeral for her daughter. Then she wants a lasting memorial where her daughter died.
"I want speed bumps, a yield sign or a walkway... something," Williams said.