'Just turn yourself in': Mother of girl struck and killed makes plea in finding 2nd driver

Elizabeth Robertson-Rutland

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The mother of an 11-year-old girl who was struck and killed by two vehicles in east Columbus Wednesday now has a message for the second driver involved who has yet to be found.

"For the second driver — please, just turn yourself in. We deserve it. She deserves it. Because she didn't deserve that. She was 11 and she was going to school," said Brittany Robertson.

Her daughter, Elizabeth Robertson-Rutland, was crossing McNaughten Road just before 6:30 a.m. when she was hit by a Hyundai Santa Fe going northbound. She was knocked into the southbound lane and was hit by the second vehicle.

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The Sante Fe stopped at the scene while the second vehicle did not. Elizabeth was pronounced dead at the scene.

Robertson spoke to 10TV at a vigil Thursday night that was held for her daughter and pleaded for the second driver to come forward.

"Just please be honest. Show that there are some decent people in this world," she said.

Elizabeth's grandmother, Audrey Napier, says she was a sixth-grader at Sherwood Middle School and the eldest of four children.

She says Elizabeth had to walk down a street with no sidewalks and cross to the other side to catch her school bus.

"For the school district, we need to get this fixed. These babies should not be walking in this light, where the light looks like this so they can get to school. It's not safe. We need to do better," Robertson said.

If anyone has any information regarding this crash or the car that left the scene, they should contact Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at (614) 461-8477.

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