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.