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Maui mother pleads for help in finding driver who fatally struck daughter

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Maui police continue to search for the driver who struck and killed a 16-year old girl Sunday night.

The victim, Hannah Simmons, was trying to cross Piilani Highway in a marked crosswalk when she was hit. 

The girl's mother, Satya, said her daughter loved children and animals, was a budding artist.

On the night she was killed, Hannah and her boyfriend and another friend were trying to cross the highway at Uwapo Road.

"It's a scary intersection." Satya Simmons said. "They pressed the light and the crosswalk sign came and they were doing everything they were supposed to do."

She said the man who hit her with his truck is believed to be between 20 and 35 years old. 

"After he hit her, he continued to run her over with his tires and then sped off down the road, forever changing lives," Simmons said.

Police say the hit-and-run driver was driving a blue pick-up, possibly a Dodge or a Chevy, with after-market lift and tires.

"From what I understand the fellow in the truck was experiencing some sort of road rage, we believe with a car that in front of him, and he was yelling previously to hitting her," Simmons said.

She added that her daughter's friends got looked the driver in the eye after the incident.

"There would be no doubt if he saw him again he would know it was him," Simmons said.

She said her daughter touched many people, and wanted to pursue a career helping others.

"No mother should have to bury their baby. It's not supposed to be this way," she said. "As a mother, someone has ripped my heart out. I'm devastated. It was my baby, my only baby. She was wonderful."

If you have any information on this case, call the Maui Police Department at (808) 244-6400.

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