Ark-La-Tex family pleads for help

By Ben Wolf - bio|email

ARCADIA, LA (KSLA) - An Ark-La-tex Family pleads for your help. 

They are desperately searching for the truck driver they say killed a seven year old-girl and her grandmother in a hit and run crash on I-20.

"I just got through talking to her dad and i was just telling him how she was in love with the simple stuff in life," said Michelle Archie, the child's mother.

A car crash cut seven year-old Serentiy Hill's life short late Thursday night.

It was a girl's night out for Serenity, her mother Michelle, aunt Jerika, and grandmother Tammie.

On the way home to Arcadia from Monroe, disaster struck when they say an eighteen wheeler clipped  the Toyota Camry they were riding in.

The truck crunched the sedan underneath its tires, then flipped it at least four times -- ejecting both young Serenity and Tammie Archie.

They say the truck driver sped off.

"I said is that my baby, I said is that her on the ground, is she alright? he said no baby, she's gone, she's dead," said Michelle Archie.

The girl who once loved to draw and play basketball died on the pavement.

"She loved school, you know how most kids don't want to go?  She was ready every morning," said Archie.

Three days later, Serenity's grandmother died at LSU Hospital.

Michelle Archie says her mother Tammie was a fiesty workaholic who wasn't afraid to work alongside the people under her at the dollar general store she managed.

"She had little bruises on her arm and stuff and I said mom where did you get those bruises?  She said working.  She would unload the truck," said Archie.

Serenity and Tammie's family wants the truck driver located.

"If he has the heart god placed in him, my prayers are that he come and just give the family some closure," said Serenity's uncle Greg Scruggs.

Michelle Archie says justice will come when that truck driver looks in the mirror.

"The justice would probably be in himself to know what he did was wrong and for him to have the heart to admit it," said Archie.

Until then, a family remains shattered -- trying to pick up the pieces.

Louisiana state troopers describe the truck as an "eighteen wheeler" with a white cab, pulling a flat bed type trailer, with freight strapped to the middle of the trailer.

If you have any information call Troop F at (318) 345-0000.

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