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3 years later, driver who hit Brazyl Ward still not found

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FOX5 reporter Cyndi Lundeberg appears with 9-year-old Brazyl Ward in this image from Oct. 28, 2016. (Source: Cyndi Lundeberg/FOX5) FOX5 reporter Cyndi Lundeberg appears with 9-year-old Brazyl Ward in this image from Oct. 28, 2016. (Source: Cyndi Lundeberg/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Three years after nearly being killed by a hit-and-run driver, Brazyl Ward continues to make strides every day.

The driver has never been caught.

FOX5 caught up with the energetic 9-year-old Friday as she was busy finalizing Halloween plans.

Las Vegas Metro police said the investigation is currently suspended. They said leads have been exhausted.

“Halloween night - I’ll never forget it. To see pieces of a costume, candy, the container it was in sprawled all over the roadway, it hits you,” said Metro’s Sgt. Richard Strader, who responded that night in 2013.

“The chances of survival, to us, were not that good,” Strader said.

The crash happened near Tenaya Way and Peace Way. Brazyl, then 6 years old, was dressed as the Pink Power Ranger. She was struck by a car while crossing a street with her family.

“She was thrown into the roadway,” said Metro’s Det. Kenneth Salisbury. “You’re just not supposed to see bodies that small.”  

Witnesses tried to chase the car but the driver managed to flee. There were conflicting reports, but police believe the car may have been a silver or grey Volkswagen.

“They didn’t have enough common decency to stop. It was a young, vibrant, beautiful child in the beginning of her life and some selfish act took that from her,” Strader said.  

Brazyl was in a coma for a month.

“Seeing her in the hospital, lying … I can still imagine it,” Salisbury said.

Three years later, Brazyl is still recovering, but she’s happy and making plans like any 9-year-old. This year, she’s going as Wonder Woman for Halloween.

“She’s excited for Halloween, and I’d never want to take that away from her. She knows what happened but she says, ‘I was hit by a car but I’m safe now,’” said Tiffany Ward, Brazyl’s mother and an author.

Brazyl had to learn how to walk and talk again. Following three years of recovery, medical bills have piled up and the Wards have had to stop therapy.

“She should be walking now but we can’t afford it,” Tiffany Ward said.

Despite the setbacks, police are still hopeful the case will be solved.

“We want to solve this case. We want to do this for Brazyl and her family. They deserve an answer as to why someone would do what they did,” Strader said.

“Seeing Tiffany’s face and her saying ‘Catch ‘em,’ you want to. You want to catch them all, but especially in these circumstances, and when you don’t like this it sticks with you,” Salisbury said.  

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