CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Cleveland Division of Police is investigating after 26-year-old Ayana Barkley was hit this past Saturday night while crossing the street near Poochie’s Deli at 11921 Miles Aveune around 2:17 a.m.
The driver was suspected of drag racing during the time of the accident and just kept on going.
The victim’s father is now begging anyone to come forward who has information as to who plowed into his baby girl.
“That’s my daughter... that’s my baby daughter. This is the one who said she was dedicating her life to helping people,” said Ayana’s father Michael Barkley.
Every time he thinks about his daughter, he can’t help but break into tears.
“Now we don’t know what the future is. I’m trusting in God, but I don’t know what the future is,” Michael continued.
The 26-year-old woman just found a job working as a nurse, but her entire life has now changed in an instant - the result of being on the victim of a dangerous hit and run.
“If you could see her now and you’ve seen her in the past, you’d say that this is not her. Her skin is scraped off her body. She has holes in her head,” Michael said.
Ayana’s body was also crushed from the waist down. To make matters worse, she was dragged several feet, to the point that her clothes were ripped off, leaving her naked in the streets.
“It’s unbelievable, it’s unfathomable how someone can do that to a human being,” Michael said.
Now the distressed father is waiting patiently for justice, but prays the person responsible will have a change of heart.
“If they knew what they done to her... if they could see her face or think about their mom or their sister... how could you not turn yourself in?” Michael questioned
#Justice4YaYa has increased in popularity with many people offering support to this woman hoping that she does indeed recover.
A GoFundMe account has also been created, which you can access by clicking here.
She is currently being treated at University Hospitals.
If you were a witness or know who might have hit her on that night, you’re asked to contact the authorities.