Maddison Taylor Houston, Texas girl id as the teen girl killed jumping out of moving car on the North freeway in Harris County during an argument with her mother.
Maddison Taylor, 15 of Houston, died on Monday in a hit-and-run crash on the North Freeway in Harris County.
The teen was reportedly embroiled in an argument with her mother when she decided to open the car door and jump from the passenger seat just on 9 pm Monday night.
To date the driver of the vehicle that struck the girl has declined to come forward.
Taylor’s relatives spoke out against the driver who struck her before fleeing the scene on Wednesday, saying they should have had the respect to wait for emergency personnel to arrive.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said preliminary investigations revealed that Taylor was struck by an unknown car that fled the scene.
A motorist driving directly behind the mother and daughter told investigators they swerved to avoid hitting the teen after she jumped onto the roadway.
The 15-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.
The sheriff’s office has yet to release a description of the vehicle that hit Taylor.
Family members told ABC 13 that Taylor was an affectionate person, while also leading a troubled life.
‘She didn’t really get to live her life. She didn’t get to walk across the stage. She didn’t get to go to prom. She didn’t even get to be in high school yet,’ Taylor’s cousin Denajah Love told ABC 13.
Her family is asking the driver who struck her to come forward, acknowledging that they understand the accident was not intentional.
Victim’s family appeal to hit and run driver to step forward
‘Whenever I found out about that, I was kind of angry because I get that it was not on purpose, it was an accident. But at least have the respect to wait there until an ambulance gets there or police get there,’ Love said.
Taylor’s other cousin Ja’kaiah Franklin is asking the hit-and-run driver put themselves in the grieving family’s position.
‘It’s really hard, the whole scene of them leaving,’ she told ABC 13. ‘It makes us angry basically because what if they were in the same shoe? They would want to know who hit their daughter.’
It remained unclear what charges the un-identified hit and run driver would face.
A GoFundMe set up to cover funeral cost remembered the 15-year-old nicknamed ‘Maddy’ as a ‘fighter’ with a ‘heart of gold’ who ‘went through way too much.’
‘Maddy was the most affectionate person in our family,’ the fundraiser said. ‘She had dreams and hopes for a great life she didn’t deserve this I’m so sorry baby forever In our hearts we love and will miss you so dearly.’