Posted on January 17, 2014 at 9:01 AM
Friday, Jan 17 at 9:01 AM
San Antonio -- San Antonio Police have working to find the person responsible for running over Tatyana Babineaux, 9, walking on her way to school Wednesday. While officers search for the person who failed to stop and render aid, the family is remembering their time with Tatyana.
Gina Babineaux said she was on the phone with her daughter Tatyana when she was hit by the vehicle. Gina said she remembers some of the last words she said during that conversation.
“’Please stay on the phone with me mommy, I feel safer with you on the phone,’” said Gina Babineaux.
Gina said it’s hard to think about the moment when her daughter was run over.
“I thought she tripped and it was dead silence, except horns or something. I kept going ‘Tatyana it’s mom’ and I knew right then and there something happened to her.”
The driver who hit Tatyana never stopped and police are still looking for the driver whom they believe may have been driving a 2-door light colored Chevy Colorado pick-up truck, which was later found abandoned in south S.A.
Detectives said the truck has front end damage from the accident.
Until an arrest is made, Tatyana’s sister and mother said it’s tough to move forward.
“It’s not that we’re being vengeful, we just think you should owe up to what you did and realize you just killed a little girl,” said Tatyana’s sister Simone Babineaux-Smith.
“I don’t hate you, I just want you to tell the truth and face the fact that you hit her and shouldn’t have left her,” said Gina.
While police continue to look for the person responsible, the family will continue to remember the life they had with Tatyana.
“She was spunky, she loved music, loved to dance,” said Simone. “She was just really happy.”
“One minute at a time that’s the only way we can do it, it’s the only way, she’ll never be forgotten,” said Gina.
Gina said this is the second daughter of hers that she has tragically lost. She told KENS-5 her first born died from cancer.
If you know any information about this case, call Crime Stoppers at 210-224-STOP. Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.
Those wishing to help the family can do so by making a donation in honor of Tatyana Babineaux at gofundme.com