Teen girl dies in hit-and-run accident

March 9, 2010 8:37:23 PM PST
A 15-year-old girl has died from injuries suffered in a hit-and-run accident. Her mother says she was struck after running into the street to escape from some men who were hassling her.

Shayla Raymond's mother also says her daughter was hit by three vehicles. One of the drivers did not stop.

The accident happened on Chicago's South Side on March 6 in the 400-block of East 87th. She was on her way home waiting for a bus Saturday night when she apparently ran into the street to get away from several men who were bothering her.

Shayla Raymond's family says she had a bright future.

Raymond was waiting on a bus talking on the phone to her boyfriend when a group of men apparently approached and started bothering her.

"He was talking to her and then all of the sudden he heard her yell out, 'don't touch me. Get away from me,' and then the phone went dead," said Consuella Campbell, mother.

Witnesses tell police Raymond ran into the street to get away from the men and three different cars hit her. Police talked to two of the drivers. They're still looking for the third described only so far as a red car.

Raymond died Monday.

"To have to bury one of my children, it's really hard. It's very difficult," said Campbell.

Raymond was a freshman at Bowen High School. An honor roll student, she was also a cheerleader, and was in the ROTC.

"We used to watch out for each other. But even though I was the bigger brother she acted like the older sister towards me," said Joshua Campbell, brother.

"She was not the type of person to stand outside and just pick with people. She was a real sweet person," said Amber Taylor, friend.

Raymond's family has been busy making funeral arrangements and greeting friends and family who share their grief. It's all the more difficult because they want answers.

"I would just love to find out want happened to her and who was chasing her and I hope they catch them," said Elmore Fernandez, grandfather.

"It's devastating. I just need some closure so I can put my baby to rest. I mean it's really hard not knowing what really happened to her because I wasn't there," said Consuella Campbell.

Family members are hoping more witnesses will come forward to help with the police investigation.

Funeral services for Raymond are planned for March 14 at Gatling Funeral Home on the South Side.


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