Hit and run victim's family: 'Turn yourself in'

Family searching for answers in hit-and-run death of 8-year-old Aja

FORT WORTH -- The family of an 8-year-old girl with a big smile and even bigger personality is urging the suspect in her hit and run death to turn himself into police.

Aja Hill was struck by a speeding Dodge Charger on Friday afternoon as she rode her scooter on Barron Lane, according to Fort Worth police.

Aja Lewis, her aunt, broke down in tears on Sunday as she recalled the little girl who shared her namesake.

"It just kills me [...] I just cry, cry, cry because I just think about her," said Lewis.

Aja was a dedicated churchgoer who also excelled in school. She recently placed second in a spelling contest, and Lewis said she had a big personality for a young girl.

"Everyone knew Aja. Everyone at church and school," she said.

Police located the black Charger suspected of being involved in the accident. But they are still searching for a 22-year-old young man that is a person of interest in the case, according to Ofc. Daniel Segura.%

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The loss has left the Hill and Lewis families with a tremendous void, one that Aja Lewis said is made all the more difficult because of the "senseless" way in which little Aja was killed.

"For him to hit her like that, going that fast, the baby had no chance. No chance. It was the worst day of my life, ever," said Lewis. 

A public viewing is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday at Meadowbrook First Baptist Church in Fort Worth. A funeral service will follow at 11, and a balloon release is scheduled after that.

The family says they will now push to have speed humps installed on Barron to force drivers to slow down, and to honor Aja's memory.

"She was a wonderful little girl," said Lewis. 

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