Tarsha Jackson killed in Northwest D.C. hit-and-run

Tarsha Jackson was killed in a hit-and-run in D.C. (Photo: Family)

(AP/ABC7) - A 16-year-old has died after being hit by a car in Northwest Washington, and police are asking for the public's help in locating a vehicle involved in the crash.

The Metropolitan Police Department said Tarsha Jackson died Saturday at about 2:15 p.m. The girl, who police said was from Northwest Washington, was struck Friday around 6 p.m. at the intersection of First Street and New York Avenue NW.

Police say the accident happened when a 2003 Pontiac Bonneville that had a green light hit the girl as she crossed the road outside of a crosswalk. A tan sport utility vehicle with D.C. registration then hit the girl.

The Pontiac remained on the scene, but the SUV did not stop.

"I just can't put it in my head,” says Tiara Jackson, Tarsha’s sister. “She's still here to me."

Her sister spotted the flashing lights and made the horrifying discovery.

"I was going to look for her. I saw the street blocked off and when I walked that way,” she says. “I could see her stuff lying in the street."

Tarsha's family believes the teen was the target of a crime before the accident.

Relatives say Tarsha was wearing a pink Helly Hanson coat when she was struck. They say a witness told them the teen was running from a male trying to steal her coat.

"The boy had on a big black coat. He was chasing Tarsha across the street...that's what the girl told us," Tarsha's cousin, Ciera Pollard, said.

The Helly Hanson brand has been the focus of robberies in the city.

Police are investigating the witness' account but did not confirm any information about a would-be robbery.

Tarsha was the youngest of six children. Now her family is left doing the unexpected - planning and raising money for a funeral and trying to understand how anyone could run over a child and never look back.