DENVER (CBS4)– Police in Denver have intensified their efforts to find the driver of an SUV who struck a mother and her two young boys.
The SUV struck Zamar Bee and her children, Zamay Kahn, 8, his brother Arzat, 6, near the intersection of 14th and Yosemite. The family was not using the crosswalk when they were struck.
The suspect driver is possibly a white or Hispanic man with tall spiky hairdo. Police say the SUV could be a Ford Expedition or Excursion, GMC Yukon, Chevy Tahoe or Cadillac Escalade with an extended cab and a few distinguishing marks.
“It may possibly have a moon roof or a sun roof of some sort,” said Detective Matt Buckskin.
There is also an emblem of some sort above the right front quarter panel, silver or reflective in color, and running boards on both sides of the SUV.
Witnesses said the stroller was still wedged in the SUV as it sped away from the crash.
Police said the scene of the hit-and-run on Friday was especially difficult.
“I can’t really describe the extent of the injuries, but it was a gruesome scene,” said Buckskin.
Police want to find witnesses from a nearby 7-Eleven.
“You can clearly see them watching the vehicle, so hopefully they’ll have more info about the vehicle for us,” said Buckskin.
Zamay was killed instantly. His brother, Arzat, died minutes later. Bee suffered multiple broken bones and was in serious condition on Saturday.
The family belongs to the Hmong tribe. The family’s tribal leader, Ausa Mal, spoke through an interpreter and friend, Drucie Beathin.
“The family is very sad because both of the children have died and passed away and we are worried now for the mother,” said Mal.
Mal also described a loving mother with dreams for her boys.
“She hoped that her children would reach high education and that is what she hoped the most,” said Mal.
Mal said the family was walking from a mosque service and were walking across the street to a relative’s home when they were struck. He believes both boys were inside the stroller.
“All the community here is upset and they prey so then they hope that people here will pray for us,” said Mal.
Bee has no other children and the boys’ father is in prison.
There is a $2,000 reward being offered by Crime Stoppers for information leading to the identification and arrest of the driver who sped away from the deadly hit and run. Contact Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867). You can text to CRIMES (274637) then title DMCS and enter your message or send an e-mail to metro-denvercrimestoppers.com.