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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 11, 2015) -- A grieving mother makes a heartfelt plea for the driver of an SUV, that seriously injured her daughter last month, to surrender to police. Detectives with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) say a red SUV hit Tanya Turman, 41, as she was walking to a bus stop Bolton Avenue and Staughton Drive on March 26th. The driver of that SUV did not stop.

Turman's family is now having to make funeral arrangements because, they say, Turman's injuries are so bad that she won't survive. Her mother, Pamela Grant, has a strong message to that hit and run driver.

"You have an obligation to stop when you hit someone and you hit my daughter and you just left her like a dead dog in the street. Now, I have to go in there and I have to let my baby go," Grant said.

Since the crash, Turman has been at IU Methodist Hospital fighting for her life, but that fight may be over.

"But it's okay because she was a good person and she's gonna be there with my mom and she's gonna be there with God and I know, I know she's going to heaven," Grant added.

Officers with IMPD say a 1992-99 red Chevy Tahoe with grey trim is the type vehicle that hit her. Turman had just left her apartment and was walking to a bus stop at Bolton Avenue and Staughton Drive when she was hit.

"Now, we're looking for this person, he don't want to turn himself in or she don't want to turn herself in, how would you like it if it was your daughter, your mom, your family out there. This is nothing fun to go through," Grant said.

So, as Grant holds a picture of her daughter from the day she (Grant) got married, the family is doing a lot of praying.

"It's just a waiting game right now with my daughter. She can expire at any time," Grant added.

Turman's sister, Latisha Croom, says a large number of tips have come in since this happened and they are extremely appreciative of that. They're also thanking you for the support but are asking for privacy. Tips can be phoned in to IMPD Crash Investigations Section at (317) 327-6549 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at (317) 262-TIPS (8477).

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