Family of 4-year-old desperate for answers in deadly hit-and-run

By: Liz Artz

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - The family of a 4-year-old girl killed in hit-and-run crash while walking to school has hired an attorney to help get tips that may lead to the person responsible.

Lun Thang was hit and killed while walking to school with family members.
WSBTV/Thang family

Lun Thang's mother was too emotional to talk to Channel 2’s Liz Artz on Tuesday. Her eyes welled with tears as she declined an on-camera interview through her backdoor. Last week, she told Artz how difficult the past two weeks have been.

[READ: 4-year-old walking to school killed by hit-and-run driver]

"It's so terrible, you know. It's so hard for our family. My heart is so broken. It is terrible" San Niang said.

The child's family is so desperate to find the driver who hit their youngest daughter that they hired an attorney who has established a hotline and is putting up $2,500 in cash for the identity and arrest of the suspect.


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“We're trying to find a needle in a haystack,” Evan Kaine said. “The challenge will be getting the community to speak up, the community to come forward, whether it be an individual who knows this driver, who can identify it as a vehicle in the community, perhaps a body shop who is doing the work to fix the damage that is done. Somebody’s got to help this family.”

The accident happened Oct. 18  just before 7 a.m. in front of Indian Creek Elementary School. Lun was in the crosswalk with her aunt, her older sister and a cousin as they headed to school.

Police believe a Toyota Camry, similar to this car, hit Lun Thang and then took off.
DeKalb County Police Department

DeKalb County Police have identified the suspect's car as a 2000 or 2001 charcoal gray, four-door Toyota Camry.

[READ: Police ID make, model of car that killed 4-year-old in hit-and-run]

“It's an extremely time-sensitive matter. If too much time goes by, this person is going to move. The car will disappear. We’ve got to catch them and we’ve got to catch them now,” Kaine said.

If you know anything about the crime, the number of the hotline that has been established through the attorney with the $2,500 reward is 833-448-2637. You can also call CrimeStoppers.

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