DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Police have just released new video in the search for the driver who fled the scene after hitting and killing a little girl as she crossed the street to go to school on Wednesday morning.
The video is grainy, but it does show the car which was involved in the crash. Police are trying to clean up the video to determine the make and model from the video. Investigators are hoping it leads to a tip in the case so they can arrest the driver.
"We are looking at a couple of leads, looking at some things we hope might lead to catching the suspect," said DeKalb County Police spokesperson Shiera Campbell.
Lun Thang, her sister, and her aunt were in the crosswalk on North Indian Creek Drive when a driver plowed into the 4-year-old Indian Creek Elementary School student around 6:45 a.m. Lun went flying 100 feet in the air, landed on a PT Cruiser before hitting the ground. The driver initially stopped, but ended up leaving the scene before police arrived.
"When the driver struck the child the driver lost control of the vehicle and hit an embankment the vehicle did come to a stop, but then the driver left the scene," said Campbell.
Campbell said it is simply not probable that the driver did not know they hit Lun. She was rushed to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, but later died.
Investigators continue to canvass the area searching for more surveillance cameras which may have caught the car. They have determined the car is a dark-colored sedan, possibly a Toyota or a Honda.
"Right now, we're looking for a Toyota or Honda that may have front-end damage. We're asking body shops in the area if anyone turns in a vehicle that has front-end damage or a broken right headlight contact the DeKalb County Police Department," said Campbell.
By law, Campbell said body shops are required to report damage to vehicles to authorities, but the driver also left behind other clues.
"We also do have some parts of the vehicle that traffic specialist unit have collected and they're trying to take those parts and determine what vehicle it may be," said Campbell.
Anyone with thinks they may have video, who believes they saw the car either before or after the crash or knows anything further about the case is asked to contact the DeKalb County Police Department.