DENVER - Friends and family sit together in a prayer circle saddend by the death of two young boys and a mother who is seriously injured. Police say a driver hit them all and would not even stop.
"They always came here and come visit their Aunty and Grandmom," said San Dar, a close family friend.
Dar came to the United States with Zu Mar Bee and her two sons -- 8-year-old Za May Khan and his 5-year-old brother Az Za Khan. They came over from a refugee camp in the country former called Burma, now recognized as Myanmar.
Dar says they come to an apartment building at the corner of 14th Avenue and Yosemite Street every day to visit with relatives. They were returning to their home a few blocks away when they were hit while pushing a stroller.
"Last night is the worst day for them because when they go back home, they get in accident," said Dar.
Witnesses say it was a gruesome scene.
"All of a sudden I heard the impact and thought maybe a car hit another car. But once we started hearing the screaming we ran out there and saw that it was different," Christensen said. "It's sickening. Coming upon the scene, actually walking up. It's something I wouldn't want anybody to see. It's bad."
It happened just before 8 p.m.
Police say Bee is being treated at Denver Health. She was upgraded from critical to serious condition Saturday.
"The vehicle was dragging a stroller when it left the scene," lead investigator Detective Matt Buckskin said.
Buckskin says the driver of this white extended-cab SUV hit the family and took off southbound on Yosemite.
On Saturday morning, police released a picture of the SUV, possibly a Cadillac, which they suspect has front-end damage.
"Anybody just pay attention, especially with the road conditions the way they are. The snowy weather we're having, just slow down and take it easy," Buckskin said.
Witnesses describe the driver as a white or Hispanic male with "spiky" hair.
The SUV was last seen three blocks away still dragging the stroller.
Police collected some pieces of the vehicle at the scene.
Saturday's snow covered up any indication of what happened in the neighborhood, which sits along the Denver-Aurora line.
Denver Police say this is the type of case that leaves everybody wondering why somebody wouldn't stop
"It's sad. It's sad that something like that happened. Makes me concerned about my kids and other people's kids," Christensen said.
Christensen says poor street lighting may be partially to blame.
He hopes for justice, for a family torn apart.
"There's no excuse for not stopping. No excuse whatsoever," Christensen said.
Police say cases like this serve as a reminder of the importance of stopping to render aid if you are ever involved in an auto-pedestrian accident.
Denver Police issued a Medina Alert, named after valet Jose Media who was killed by a hit-and-run driver in 2011.
The Medina Alert program is designed to quickly alert the public after a hit-and-run.
Police contacted cab companies and RTD drivers to be on lookout for the suspect's vehicle.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Denver Police Department Traffic Investigations Bureau at 720-337-1000 or call 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. If the information you provide leads to the arrest and charging of a wanted individual, you can receive a cash reward up to $2,000.
Dar said the boys' mother is too upset to learn the truth.
"The mother still didn't know that her children is dead," said Dar.
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