Victim's family begs for hit-and-run suspect to turn himself in - KMSP-TV

Victim's family begs for hit-and-run suspect to turn himself in

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She was left for dead, struck by a car while on a walk with a friend. Now, Anna Blaze's family is speaking out.

They are hopeful someone knows something that will lead to an arrest in this horrific hit-and-run. Her family tells us Anna Blaze was in Phoenix visiting a cousin when she was killed.

The car involved in the hit-and-run has been located, and the owner and his attorney have spoken to police, but at this point, there's been no arrest.

Anna's family says they won't rest until the responsible party is found.

911 caller: "It was a convertible and the windshield on the passenger side was smashed."

They gathered at the scene of the crime, the people who knew Anna Blaze best.

"Did anyone look at Anna's picture? Look at her vibrant smile just a happy happy person she loved life, she was loving, she was kind she didn't deserve to be hit like an animal," says Julianna Blaze, the victim's sister-in-law.

Julianna Blaze misses her sister-in-law, she's distraught, hopeful for answers.

"I know I know someone seen him, someone seen the man in the little red car. I'm going to plead to the man in the red car, if you don't have a heart… please please come forward. How can you do this?"

According to Phoenix Police, 41-year-old Anna Blaze was walking east on Northern Avenue near 11th Street around 5 p.m. on March 3. The suspect's car came from behind, jumped the curb and slammed into the woman. The impact knocked her shoes off.

Operator: "Is the vehicle still there?"

911 caller: "No the vehicle took off, it's a little red convertible, I believe it's a Fiat, a white man is driving."

The owner of the vehicle said to be involved walked into police headquarters with an attorney a day later, but he didn't admit to anything.

"The one thing that we are short of is anybody coming forward that has information about where that car was prior to that collision," says Phoenix Police Sgt. Trent Crump.

Since police aren't certain who was driving the car, no one has been arrested. Her loved ones just want resolution and peace for a mother of two taken too soon.

"We can't explain to the kids that their mom is never going to be here again," says Blaze.

The driver of the convertible has been described as a white man in his 40's with short hair.

Detectives are combing through the car for evidence. They're also asking anyone with any information about this hit and run to call them.

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