Reporting Adam May
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Two Baltimore teenagers are dead. They were hit by a car and police say the driver left them in the street. The two girls were crossing the street in West Baltimore Monday night when they were both hit by the same car.
Adam May has emotional reaction from their families.
Police have identified suspects in the case, and right now, police are reconstructing the accident.
Emerald Smith, 17, and Courtney Angeles, 16, were best friends since kindergarten. They were run over by a hit-and-run driver Monday on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Pratt Street. Both girls died minutes apart at Shock Trauma.
“It wasn’t like they hit a deer. They hit two kids. How can you not stop?” said Emerald’s mother, Mary Smith.
“She was an awesome sister,” said Destanee Smith.
Emerald’s family was left devastated by the accident.
“f I could wave a magic wand, I’d get them both back because no parent should go through what I’m going through right now,” Mary Smith said.
Soon after the crash, police found the car involved in the accident near the airport.
“Apparently there was fresh damage to the vehicle and other factors that indicated the vehicle was just involved in an accident,” said Detective Jeremy Silbert, Baltimore City Police.
Police interviewed two people in the car and now they’re trying to determine why the driver took off and who had the right of way.
“Courtney was walking with Emerald because she didn’t want her walking by herself because it was late,” said Stephanie Angeles.
Courtney’s older sister has this message for the driver.
“I hope they rot in jail. I hope they think about this every day for the rest of their life and guilt eats at them,” she said.
“I want them to feel what I feel. I want them to feel pain and hurt ’cause if they’re in jail and they have children, they won’t get to see their kids like I won’t see my daughter again,” Mary Smith said.
Regardless of who had the right of way, fleeing the scene would be a crime. Police are working with the state’s attorney’s office to determine charges.
Police are asking any witnesses to come forward.