Victim's family seeks upgraded charges for hit-and-run driver


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Daniel McDonald was charged with failure to stop and render aid after leaving the scene of a fatal hit-and-run accident in Fort Worth on Sunday.




Posted on March 5, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 5 at 10:28 PM


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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.