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PETERSBURG, Va. – A 60-year-old grandmother now wheelchair bound after a driver hit her and left the scene, pleaded for the person to come forward and take responsibility.

It was Dec. 21, and Fannie Starks had just parked her car. Like usual, she parked across from her house and then crossed the street. She said she was almost to the other side when she heard something, thought “what is that” and then saw lights before she went flying through the air.

An unknown car slammed into her, on the 1100 block of West Wythe, a stretch of road where such pedestrian accidents aren’t uncommon. Petersburg Police said that the speed limit on that stretch of road is about 25 miles per hour and the driver was traveling at least 10 miles faster than that.

Starks can’t put any weight on her legs for several months. Her bones are on the mend now, after surgery, and tucked away in a cast.

Fannie Starks parked her car and was hit crossing the street to her house

Fannie Starks parked her car and was hit crossing the street to her house

Starks and her family are begging for the driver who hit her to come forward and take responsibility.

Family members said they are concerned that the case hasn’t been resolved.

When she was hit, a mirror came off of the car.

The family said that the police only looked at the color that was on the mirror and did not take the mirror in as evidence.

Fannie Starks parked her car and was hit crossing the street to her house

Fannie Starks parked her car and was hit crossing the street to her house

Police haven’t confirmed if the mirror was actually evidence.

Hoping to accelerate matters, the family took the mirror to an automotive business and was told the mirror is a Nissan make.

Starks has lived in the neighborhood for three years and expressed concern about speeders on the street. Last year there were seven accidents, including this one, on this stretch of West Wythe.

The family hopes that word will spread about the accident and that someone can contribute information that helps solve the case.

If you saw something or have any information call Crime Solvers at 804-861 – 1212.

Police said they are actively working the case.

"The driver of the vehicle most likely did not see her because she was already in the road, causing a car in that lane to slow down, but the car that hit her was in the adjacent lane," said Petersburge Police.

They also reminded people to use caution crossing the road and to cross at an intersection.

Fannie Starks parked her car and was hit crossing the street to her house

Fannie Starks parked her car and was hit crossing the street to her house