FORT WORTH — A 21-year-old woman was killed early Sunday morning by a hit-and-run driver on Fort Worth's South Freeway.
Now, a beautiful little one-year-old girl will go to bed without her mother's love. Police are hoping that anyone with information about the gruesome crime will come forward.
Police said the victim, Charayla McMillan of Crowley, was in the back seat of a four-door sedan with family members when she started feeling ill.
The car pulled over on the service road of South Freeway just south of Everman Parkway at 12:15 a.m.
"She leaned out of the car because she was nauseated and was struck on impact," said Larry Livingston, McMillan's stepfather. "Investigators told me it broke her neck, and she was just dead instantly."
“Everybody! Everybody loved Charayla," said the woman's grieving mother, Mechelle McMillan. "“I feel like I'm going to see her again... I feel like she's going to call my phone."
Charayla's daughter celebrated her first birthday just one week ago.
Witnesses — including McMillan's boyfriend and cousin, who were in the car with her — described the pickup as a black "work truck" with large tires, a toolbox mounted in the bed, and louvers on the rear window.
Contact your local police agency or Tarrant County Crime Stoppers if you have any information about the suspect's vehicle.
“We're pleading with the public — if you seen anything, if you got a license number... anything that can help us... contact us, contact the police department," Livingston said.
Left behind are McMillan's siblings, a handful of cousins, and her one-year-old child, who has no clue her mom is never coming home.
Livingston said the little girl's dad is grieving in silence. "He's in shock; he's not answering his phone. The young man witnessed what happened."
McMillan's family said they will forgive whoever did this, but they are hoping and praying the driver will come forward.