April 29, 2006 - March 4, 2012
Khyla Hayes was a happy and beautiful little girl. She passed away after being involved in a hit and run accident. Khyla and a group of her friends, also children, were walking to the park so they could play on the playground. Two of Khyla's friends, Dasiaray (11 years old) and Hailey (9 years old), had crossed the street first and then turned around to see if their friends were following. What they saw instead was an SUV hitting their friends.
Dasiaray commented that the SUV had "came out of nowhere real fast". Dasiaray saw the SUV shortly before it hit her friends and tried to warn them, but it was much too late. After hitting the children, the SUV hit a parked car and then kept driving. He eventually stopped the SUV at a nearby apartment complex. Neighbors who saw what happened held the driver and his passenger until police could arrive. The driver was Daniel McDonald.
Daniel was not intoxicated, but his passenger was. He said that he was aware that he had hit the children and they were injured, but he wasn't sure how bad their injuries were. A neighbor had attempted to help Khyla by giving her CPR, but Khyla was pronounced dead at the hospital. Her older cousin, who was six years old, was also injured, but he survived.