CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - It's been one year since 14-year-old Chelsea Hill of Cleveland was struck and killed by a hit and run driver.
Her family is still grieving and the case remains unsolved. We spoke with Chelsea's mom a year to the day she lost her daughter.
An emptiness follows Annette Hill where ever she goes, now that her daughter Chelsea is gone.
"She still used to sleep with me, get in bed and watch TV, cuddle up. I don't have that anymore, all I have is a pillow," Hill said.
A year ago on Memorial Day, police say this car struck and killed the 14-year-old girl at E. 40th St. and Carnegie around 1 a.m.
Chelsea had run away from home just a few days before that.
"There's not a day goes by that I don't think about it. And even though it's been a year, it feels like yesterday," Hill said.
Chelsea's personality shines through in the photos her mother now holds onto tightly.
"She was so happy," Hill said. "Silly, goofy, she was a loving child, everybody loved her."
Three-hundred and sixty-five days after Chelsea's death, Annette is still pleading for answers.
"I'm still looking -- is that the person who did this? Are they walking around living their life, is [sic] they happy?" she said.
The surveillance video hasn't helped much.
Police say the case is still open, but they have no new leads.
Chelsea's mom says she's willing to forgive. But she can't take the pain of not knowing.
"You took her away from me, at least give me something back. Because I can't get her back," she said crying, talking to the driver of the car.
Every day when Annette wakes up, she re-lives losing Chelsea all over again.
"I still can't accept that she's gone. There are times when I think about it and it just hits me like somebody just punched me in the stomach," she said.
Police say the car that hit and killed Chelsea is a dark four-door sedan.
Police say it's a 2000 or newer model.
Crimestoppers are offering a $2,500 reward for any tips that lead to an arrest.
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