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Hit-and-run victim declared brain dead in St. Paul

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Family members say that although they had hoped for a recovery following Saturday night's hit-and-run crash, 35-year-old Mai Yang has been pronounced brain dead at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. On Wednesday, Fox 9 News confirmed that she had died.

“She's pretty much pronounced dead. They're just going through procedures right now,” Yang's brother, Bee Yang, said.

Yang's husband, 37-year-old E. Xiong, suffered serious injuries to his legs in the crash. Currently, he is listed in fair condition at Regions, but he has a long recovery ahead of him.

“He's not going to be able to walk for a couple months,” his brother, Xue Xiong, told Fox 9 News on Tuesday.

The hit and run took place in front of the Wendy's on 60th Street North on a frontage road on the border of Stillwater and Oak Park Heights at about midnight on Saturday night. The initial impact knocked the couple unconscious; however, without any recollection or witness accounts, investigators have no vehicle description.

“It's disgusting! How can two people just get mowed down and left for dead? What kind of humans are we?” Xue Xiong asked.

Now, police and family members are hoping the public will come forward with answers.

“Some type of information would be better than nothing,” Xue Xiong said. “Big brothers are watching. Highway 36 is a very busy intersection."

Family members hope surveillance video from the area may be able to turn up some clues, but they would prefer it if the driver responsible would do the right thing.

"I wish you would come forward and accept what you have done," Xue Xiong said.

Mai Yang leaves behind two teenaged children -- a 13-year-old son and 16-year-old daughter. Her brother-in-law hopes that knowledge will move the driver to come forward.

“How can somebody just take a mother from their own two kids? Just imagine if this was your own family," Xue Xiong pleaded.

Anyone with information on the hit-and-run driver is urged to call Sgt. Eric Zastrow at (651)539-1151. Meanwhile, a medical donation fund has been established for Mai Yang. To help the family with her medical expenses, click here: http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/costing-mai-doua-yang-s-life/214492

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