NBC10.com - Denise Nakano
A woman is fighting for her life after she was struck by a vehicle which fled the scene Monday morning. NBC10's Denise Nakano spoke to the victim's family as police continue to search for the driver.
The family of Nina Sheilds-Miller is standing by her side as she continues to fight for her life.
"My heart right now is heavy," said Miller's sister-in-law, Viola Miller-Riley. "I'm trying to fight back the tears because no one should lay in a state like this."
Miller, 62, was crossing the street near the intersection of Broad Street and Glenwood Avenue around 9:30 a.m. on Monday when police say she was struck by a dark-colored Chrysler or Dodge SUV. The vehicle then fled westbound on the 1400 block of Glenwood, according to police.
Friends and family say Miller was walking to a shopping plaza only steps from her home during the hit-and-run.
"We heard a thump and when we came to the window, we saw someone laying in the street," said Miller's neighbor Chris Davis. "We had no idea it was her."
Miller suffered major injuries to her entire body, including a compound fracture to her lower left leg. She is now in critical condition and under heavy sedation at the hospital. All her family can do now is wait by her side and hope for the best.
"I've been up there calling, 'Nina, Nina open your eyes,'" said her sister-in-law Lenise Miller. "If you can hear me, wiggle your toes."
Police say they collected surveillance video of the crash from a nearby Pathmark. They also say they have the passenger side mirror of the SUV that broke off during the accident.
As they continue to investigate, Miller's family has a message for the hit-and-run driver.
"If you know that you did this, if you have a conscience, we ask that you come forth and turn yourself into the police," said Miller-Riley. "Just call, that's all we ask for."
If you have any information on this incident, please call Philadelphia Police.