Police in Montgomery County are searching for a hit-and-run driver who killed a nanny walking home from a bus stop Tuesday night.
Marlyn Eres Ali was struck and killed along Connecticut Avenue in Wheaton.
The fatal collision, on a wet road in the dark, may have been an accident, but it was the driver not stopping that was a crime. So police are now looking for the driver of a car, truck, SUV or minivan with fresh, front-end damage.
In their search for the hit-and-run driver, police officers were stopping cars and Metrobuses along Connecticut Avenue just north of Randolph Road.
Along the side of the southbound lanes, friends and family gathered at the spot where the 53-year-old native of the Philippines was struck and killed.
"She would always make jokes all the time," Eres' tearful niece, Lial Lynn, told us near the spot where her aunt was killed. "We don't have that anymore. I just wish she was here. I just wish we could find whoever did this to her."
Eres was killed crossing Connecticut Avenue two blocks from the house where she rented the basement.
"Me as a driver, I know how when it's rainy and dark, it's hard to drive, but still you take full responsibility what happened," says her landlord, Mark Domingo. "When you hit somebody, at least stop. You just can't run."
Police say Eres had gotten off an L8 Metrobus and was heading home from her job caring for a three-year-old and eight-month-old in Tenleytown.
She was walking in an unmarked crosswalk, engineered for persons with disabilities, like 17-year-old Omar Mata used coming home from school.
"I do this every day," Mata told us from the side of the road. "So I'm always looking both ways when I cross. So I'm good, but I don't know what happened last night."
Eres was struck and killed around 7 p.m. Tuesday on a dark and rainy night.
"I'd like to make a plea to the driver of that striking vehicle," says Montgomery County Police Capt. Thomas Didone. "Please contact us and turn yourself in. I promise you'll be treated fairly."
The victim's grown son came to the vigil and was comforted by his mother's former and current employer.
"We had no idea obviously when we saw her it would be the last time," said Jessica Daly.
Police say they have not found anybody who claims to have witnessed the fatal hit-and-run collision.
They believe it's going to be the damage to the car or the driver's conscience that's going to help solve this case.
Anyone with any information is asked to call Montgomery County Police at 301-279-8000.
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