Hit & run victim's family makes plea

SOUTHWEST PHILADELPHIA - August 17, 2010 "We keep praying, we hope she makes it through," said her niece Jennifer Bui.

Nguyen is the victim of a hit and run accident that occurred last Wednesday night around 9:20 at the intersection of 64th & Dickens in Southwest Philadelphia.

Police say Nguyen was travelling northbound on 64th when she was struck by a teenager driving an older model Ford Crown Victoria. Her 9-year-old son Nicholas was riding in the passenger seat.

"And we were on our way to my mother's house, then this car hit my mother's side and she was bleeding, so I had to call 911," he explained.

From the looks of Nguyen's car after the accident, she is lucky to be alive. She was in a coma for several days. The two occupants of the car, teenagers fled the scene on foot leaving their car behind.

"I just only saw one of them, he was wearing a white shirt and he was around like a teenage age," Nicholas said.

Police have not been able to locate the teens. They and the family are asking for the public's help in trying to track them down.

"I want to know the people that hit my wife cause this is not an accident only, this is criminal," said her husband Hiep Bui.

"And she almost lost her life, and we're very upset. And why didn't they stop? They took off and they left their car there," said Jennifer.

To add insult to injury, relatives say that $1000 Thuy Nguyen was carrying in the car to pay the mortgage was stolen. Investigators are asking anyone who may have witnessed the accident or know the whereabouts of the two teenagers involved to call the Accident Investigation Division of the Philadelphia Police.

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