Vigil held for hit-and-run victim

September 28, 2009 8:45:32 PM PDT
An emotional vigil was held Monday night for a 12-year-old girl who was struck by a hit-and-run driver over the weekend. Destiny Camacho is fighting for her life after suffering serious bran injuries. She remains in a medically-induced coma in the intensive care unit.

Monday night, her mother made a tearful plea for the driver to surrender to police.

They prayed in Spanish, Arabic and English, under the rain and through their tears for Destiny, who was struck by a van while on the way to her friend's house.

"If you're watching this, again, please turn yourself in," the victim's mother, Ruth Ramos, said.

Camacho was blindsided at the corner of Liberty and Sheppard avenues in East New York. Witnesses described the vehicle as a light gray or white van that ran a red light. Her family believes the cold-hearted driver may have hit their daughter twice.

"He back up, hit her again for the second time, came out, look at her," Destiny's father, Rene Camacho, said. "Then he make a U-turn and took off."

The sixth-grader, who dreamed of acting, modeling and singing, wanted to make those around her happier. Now, she faces her greatest challenge, to survive her massive internal injuries.

"She has a hole in the side of her face," Ramos said. "She has a third-degree scrape, burn on her. She's really bad."

Rene Camacho says they have to wait five to 10 days for the brain swelling to subside before doctors can even think about operating on any of Destiny's other injuries. Destiny has a long way to go, while the driver who caused it all remains free.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King

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