DENVER (CBS4) – Authorities are hoping an advertising campaign will help them in their hunt for the driver responsible for a March hit-and-run that killed two young boys and seriously injured their mother.
Zama Bee and her children were crossing the street at 14th and Yosemite when the car struck them. Zamay Kahn, 8, and his brother Azat, 6, both died.
Bee was hospitalized for a lengthy period of time after the crime. She planned to do an interview with CBS4 and other media outlets on Tuesday afternoon to talk about the new effort to encourage tips in the case.
The most visible part of the new campaign are two billboards in heavily-traveled spots in the Denver metro area. The first billboard is now up at Colfax and Fillmore. Its message tugs at the heartstrings, displaying the text “Someone knows who killed our sons.“
A second billboard will be going up soon at Colorado and Alameda, and there will be messages going up at 20 different bus stop benches along the Denver-Aurora border.
The hope is that the photo of Bee and her boys on the billboard will motivate anyone who has information that might be helpful in the case to do the right thing and contact authorities. There’s a reward of up to $20,000 being offered for tips that lead to an arrest.
“We are looking for a ghost right now and we understand that. But family members, you know something. The person that possibly repaired the car? You know something. The person that possibly bought the car? Look under the undercarriage — you may see something. You may want to call something in. All we’re asking one of you, if not each of you, to do is to simply make the phone call,” Crimestoppers spokesman Larry Stevenson said.
Officials said the billboards were motivated by phone calls from two different anonymous donors, both parents, who wanted to help out in the case.
Soon after the crime in late March, police released a surveillance image of the large white or silver SUV leaving the scene of the accident at 14th and Yosemite.
Crimestoppers Tips: Call 720-913-STOP(7867) or visit metrodenvercrimestoppers.com.