Mom pleads for daughter's hit & run driver to come forward

10:52 PM, Jul 5, 2013   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida - One month later, a woman continues to fight for her life after being mowed down by a hit and run driver in Tampa.

"You don't run somebody over no matter who it is and leave her for dead," said Kimberly Mullen, the victim's daughter.

On June 6th around 11p.m., Ashley Mullen was crossing Dale Mabry Highway and Waters Avenue when a red pickup truck of an unknown make and model slammed into and then ran over the 23-year-old.

"As I looked in my rearview and I saw what happened, I just had time to say out loud he's going to hit her, he's going to hit her, he's going to hit her and then bam," said witness Tina McIntosh.

At the time of the crash, McIntosh and other witnesses parked their cars around Johnson's body in the middle of the highway to prevent it from being run over by other cars.

"I was positive she was dead," said McIntosh.

Johnson was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital where she was put on life support, before being transferred to Kindred Hospital Central Tampa for further treatment.

"She was on life support. There's no activity," said Johnson's mother, Kimberly Mullen.

Since the accident, Johnson has been able to blink her eyes, but cannot move and is unable to talk.

"They saying what goes around comes around. Turn yourself in, turn yourself in and save yourself," said Mullen, as she pleads with the hit and run driver to come forward. "Ashley's fighting and she's really fighting and I'm going to fight by her."

Anyone with information on the driver of the red pickup truck is urged to contact the Florida Highway Patrol at 813-631-4020.

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