Family of hit-and-run victim make plea for help

Posted at 10:00 PM, Feb 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-12 01:08:03-05

The family of a Valley woman struck by a car and left for dead, is making a plea for help asking the driver or anyone involved to please come forward.

Betty Wiles, 71, was stuck by a car last Friday, February 5 at the intersection of 73rd Avenue and Indian School Road. 

A witness told police, a passenger got out of a red car and dragged Wiles' body to the side of the road. The man reportedly walked away on foot and the driver took off. 

"Dragging a person off to the side of the road and leaving them in the gutter for dead, not even calling 911," said the victim's son James Packard. "How could they do that?"

"They need to do the right thing, if not for themselves, for my mom," said the victim's daughter Susannah Wiles. "She did not deserve this." 

Wiles is the mother to seven children and 14 grandchildren. 

"I would ask for them to turn themselves in," said Packard. "We want to know what happened. Maybe it was an accident or maybe they got scared and panicked."

Her kids say Wiles walks the route every day, as she takes the bus to her job as a court worker. 

Wiles was hit one day before her birthday. Her loved ones planned a day of fun, but spent the day in the ICU by her side. 

"Something went wrong with one of her kids, she was there," said Susannah. "That's exactly why we're here now. It's our turn to be there for her. She deserves that."

Police are looking for two vehicles seen in the area: a gold colored Chevy Silverado, and a red car. 

If anyone saw something or knows anything about the case, please call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.