Family desperate for clues in fatal hit and run

9:14 AM, Jan 28, 2013   |    comments
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CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- The leads are few and the trail is getting cold, and there are no answers for the victim's two young daughters who are asking why someone would do this to their mother.

A hit-and-run driver in Bartow County killed 27-year-old Christina Warner, an Army veteran, on Jan. 15.

Now, nearly two weeks later, Warner's mother told 11Alive News she is angry that the driver may be getting away with murder.

She knows that the hit and run driver, and the car, did not evaporate into thin air. They are somewhere.

The car is a blue four-door sedan with damage to the right front side from the collision.

That's all police have to go on.

Christina Warner was walking on the side of U.S. 41 in Bartow County near her street, Mac Johnson Road.

It was just after midnight on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

And investigators have a witness.

"He observed a blue, four-door passenger car put his brakes on, and appear to be striking an object," said Georgia State Patrol Trooper Shaun Sutherland. "Be looking for a blue passenger car, four-door, possibly. It could have extensive damage in the front, or under-carriage."

The witness also struck Warner, stopped and called 911.

Warner died at the scene.

Now Warner's mother, Elissa Cochran, is saying that Warner's 9 year old, Christie, and 5 year old, Sarah, are hoping that someone who knows the driver may have noticed the damage to the car, may have suspected something was wrong, and may put two and two together and call police with the tip.

"You know you hit something," Cochran said, as if addressing the driver.  "You know maybe if you had stopped, maybe something could have been done, maybe she'd still be living now. I don't see how you can go to sleep at night. Knowing you've done this. She had two, beautiful daughters. The whole family is just ripped apart."

Anyone who may be able to help the family, and investigators, should call 911.

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Elissa Cochran spoke with 11Alive News at the home she shared with her daughter and two grandchildren.

She showed photos and talked of her anger, and she also spoke of the loss of her son last August to kidney failure, and the loss of her grandmother last year.

Christina Warner was an MP in the Army, and left the service honorably in November.

She wanted to go places. She joined the Army to try to better herself and her family. Always strived to do her best.

We don't even know WHY she was walking that night.... She had on house shoes, it was raining, it was cold, so none of this is making sense. We don't even know why she was out there to start with.

It's eating me alive. It's eating me alive, it's all I think about, all day, every day.

She's got two daughters, they need to know, they want to know. They just got their mom back out of the Army after being there for over three years. "Why can't we see Mommy, why did somebody do this to Mommy, when will Mommy come back down from the stars?"

I don't see how somebody could do that to another human being. You know you hit something. You know maybe if you had stopped, maybe something could have been done, maybe she'd still be living now. I don't see how you can go to sleep at night. Knowing you've done this. She had two, beautiful daughters. The whole family is just ripped apart.

I'm starting to get angry, really angry. Somebody needs to come forward. [The driver's family and friends must have noticed something wrong or different.] They've got to be, there's got to be something. Maybe they're not sleeping at night, maybe they're acting differently, maybe they're staying away. You've got to know, somebody knows this person.

She was going to go to college.

Her daughters are with their father, now. He's a good dad, they love their daddy. But, they needed their mom, too.

I haven't really grieved, yet. I can't get over this. I'm constantly thinking about this, from the time I get up until I go to bed at night.

I'm filled with anger, right now.

As hard as [the deaths last year of her son and grandmother] were, it's still understandable. This I can't understand. She was only 27. She had thousands of friends, everybody loved her. I just can't understand.

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