Family, police desperate for clues about driver who ran down 2-year-old girl

Melody Rose Hernandez struggling to survive, relative says

SAN ANTONIO – A Southeast Side family and San Antonio police are asking the public for help in tracking down a driver who ran over a 2-year-old girl and failed to stop to help her.

A relative found Melody Rose Hernandez lying in the middle of the street shortly before 7:30 p.m. Monday in the 2200 block of Hicks Avenue, according to her great-uncle, Louis Aguirre.

Officers found the girl suffering from critical injuries.

Aguirre said Melody is struggling to survive.

"Her skull is fractured and she's bleeding internally. So right now, we're just praying," he said. "We got news that she only has a 20 percent chance to live."

Aguirre said Melody had been playing inside the family's home with other young relatives, but then slipped outside without anyone noticing.

"My nephew kept telling them, 'Stop running in and out (of) the house because there are kids in the house. The front door is open,'" Aguirre said. "They didn't want to listen, and sure enough, this is what happened."

Melody apparently made her way into the street where she was hit. The driver never stopped, police said.

On Tuesday morning, toys remained scattered in the street. Nearby on the sidewalk, was the tiny pair of pants Melody was wearing when she was hit.

"Our prayers are with the child. We're hoping that she will be able to recover from her injuries," said Officer Douglas Greene, a San Antonio Police Department spokesman.

Police said they have little to go on because it appears no one witnessed the hit-and-run.

Investigators also are hoping to find the driver.

Greene said they are asking the public to keep an eye open for anything unusual.

"If anybody notices anything, just all of a sudden, (if) there's some kind of damage on someone's vehicle, and it's kind of hard for them to explain, that could help," Greene said.

Police are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 210-224-STOP (7867). 

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