“She didn’t deserve that,” Mother of woman with Down syndrome killed in hit-and-run asks driver to come forward

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Police are searching for the driver who hit and killed a 22-year-old woman before 5 a.m. Friday morning on S.E. 89th near Shields.

The victim was Alexandra Ayala. Surveillance cameras in the area were rolling at the time. In the video, you see a vehicle’s lights flash. That is when police say Ayala was hit, then the driver kept going.

“Just the fact that she was left in the street like an animal, you know," said Angela Jackson, Ayala's mother. "She didn't deserve that.”

Ayala had down syndrome. She left in the middle of the night, while her mother was sleeping. It is believed she may have been heading to a nearby church.

In their pain, Ayala’s family has a message for the driver.

“You will never know what you took from us. We will never have her to get those wet kisses, those sweet hugs,” Jackson said. “She was always so happy, so loving. Oh God, just a huge heart.”

While the family searches for answers, they are remembering the sweet moments they shared with Ayala and trying to find peace.

“I think that's the hardest part right now, just knowing that she's gonna be gone, but I know that she is in a better place,” said Alyssa Williams, Ayala’s older sister.

“She was just a little angel on earth. Now, she's an angel in heaven,” Jackson said. “We will miss her.”

Ayala’s mother said she will hold no ill will towards the driver but is just asking for that person to come forward.

Police believe the type of car that hit her is a 2007 to 2009 Mazda CX-7.

Police are not sure of the color but said it may have damage to the front end.

If you have seen it, call Crime Stoppers at 405-235-7300.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family.

Warning: Video may not be appropriate for all audiences.

 Report a typo.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.