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Mother of 10-year-old hit-skip victim urges driver to turn self in

Mahayla (Source: Fairfield police) Mahayla (Source: Fairfield police)
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Mahayla Lester, 10, and her brother were crossing at the intersection of Southgate Boulevard and Corydale Drive in Fairfield earlier this month when she was hit by a vehicle.

The driver drove away, according to Fairfield police.

"I mean, I just don't know what kind of human being would do that. What if that was your child?” said the girl's mother, Kristi Lester.

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"My son came in the house and he screamed it out, 'Mahayla just got hit!' Me and my daughter, we just couldn't believe what we were hearing. We went out there and she was just laying there on the curb," her mother recalled Sunday.

Lester said she feared the worst because her daughter was initially unresponsive.

"I was just terrified. I was just saying over and over again this cannot be happening, this is not happening. This can't be real, she said.

Lester said her daughter’s injuries included a skull fracture, brain bleed, and a broken leg. She also said the incident left Mahalya wishing that this was all a dream.

The girl is doing well in her recovery. while she works to gain back her mobility, her mom said.

She hopes more can be done to improve safety at the intersection.

"I would like to see the speed limit more enforced,” Lester said.

In the meantime, she said she hopes the driver who hit her daughter surrenders to police and apologizes to Mahayla.

"Just come and just say, apologize to my daughter, you know something,” said Lester.

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