Scottsdale family, police desperate for answers one year after hit-and-run crash

Posted at 5:36 PM, Oct 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-28 21:23:13-04

An innocent night turned tragic for Scottsdale teacher Maureen Brown and her family; and now, one year later, her family is begging for information to solve her case.

"This didn't have to happen to her. Her whole life has changed because somebody left her on the side of the road to die," said Nancy Bennett, Brown’s sister.

Brown's family said that she has endured 24 surgeries and countless hours of rehabilitation. Plates, pins and other hardware are holding one side of her body together.

Maureen continues to fight through and her fiancé, Will Souza, is right by her side.

"She is sick from the stress and the pain that she is in. Every step that she takes is painful for her," Souza said.

Scottsdale police are still focused on finding the driver that got away near 124th Street and Shea Boulevard.        

"I hope someone talks in this case. Somebody left her broken body on the side of the road to die," said Sgt. Weston Brown of the Scottsdale Police Department.

Police said Maureen was minding her own business when she was crossing the street to get to a church gathering for Halloween. That’s when a dark-colored car hit her and simply drove off without stopping.

Maureen's family hopes the driver will own up to what happened.

"That person knows what they've done. And if you're listening, please come forward. It's just the right thing to do," said Annie Brown, Maureen's Mom.

Investigators called local body shops to look for a car with damage, but that turned up with nothing.

Silent Witness is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case.