Father pleads for help finding hit-and-run driver who struck his daughter

Tuesday, January 02, 2018 05:35PM
Father pleads for answers in daughter's hit and run: Sarah Bloomquist reports on Action News at 5 p.m., January 2, 2017


SOUTHWEST PHILADELPHIA - A father is desperate for answers about what happened to his daughter outside the Vanity Grand Cabaret club in the 6100 block of Passyunk Avenue on December 23rd.

Ever since, his daughter, 19-year-old Kyiara Henderson, has been in the hospital after suffering critical injuries when she was hit by an oncoming car.

"She has two metal rods in one leg and a plate in the other leg. Another rod in her pelvis and a plate in her pelvis also," said Dwayne Fisher. "She has to go to rehabilitation and she has to learn how to walk again."

Around 1 a.m., the East Stroudsburg University freshman arrived at the club with a carload of friends. As she got out of the rear passenger seat in the median, her father says, a car came swerving around the vehicle and struck her.

"The guy who hit her he just left her in the street for dead," said Fisher. "Basically. He just hit her and kept going and her girlfriends had to get in the street and stop the traffic"

Police confirm there was much confusion outside the club when officers arrived on the scene that night.

Kyiara was transported to the hospital, and initially no report was taken for the hit and run.

Fisher said he has been frustrated by what seems to be slow progress with investigation.

"We couldn't get any help, so we had to contact Action News," he said. "Thank God you all care about the community and you're here to get the story out there so maybe we can catch this person."

Fisher has been driving around the area looking for clues. He found what he believes to be a piece of the suspect vehicle. He's hoping his appeal will compel witnesses to come forward.

"Come forward and let someone know what you saw because it could be your daughter next," he said.

The Accident Investigation Unit has the case now.

Kyiara is hoping to return to college next year. She wants to become a medical social worker.

She's hoping her traumatic experience will help her when she works to help others.

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