SOUTH SACRAMENTO -- "I just wanna tell this person that he hurt me very, very bad and my family."
That was Nadea Becknell's message to the hit-and-run driver who struck and killed her 17-year-old daughter Onaya Davis just before 6 a.m. about a week ago.
It happened while Onaya was walking to the light rail on her way to school on Meadowview and Coral Gables in South Sacramento.
"The thing that kills me about this person is he did not, or she did not, stop to help my daughter," she said.
"Any loss of life in our community is a tragedy, and especially when you look at the age of this a young lady, it affects the whole community. How can somebody do this?" Sacramento police Sgt. Bryce Heinlein said.
Fortunately, a woman stopped to comfort Onaya, holding her until paramedics arrived and tried to save her.
That woman would later find out the girl she stopped to help was her niece.
Onaya's mom wants the driver to come forward.
"Have a heart. Just come forward and let us know that you're sorry about what happened," Nadea said.
The number of people who have come forward to support Nadea following her daughter's death has touched her immensely, including a young girl, who donated 40 cents from her piggy bank, telling her that whenever she saw Onaya in the mornings, she knew she'd be on time.
"It's just the most beautfiul thing I've ever seen or heard from a kid," she said.
Nadea says she now knows her daughter was an angel from God.
"I know I can't have her back. I'm just grateful to God that he allowed me to have her the time that He did."