Mother Asks Public for Help Finding Hit-and-Run Driver

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    A mother is asking for help from the public in finding the driver who ran over and killed 14-year-old Alexandria Bergland. (Published Monday, Dec 27, 2010)

    The mother of a girl struck and killed in a hit-and-run is asking for help from the public in finding the driver.

    Alexandria Bergland, 14, described as a happy teen who loved to dance and listen to R&B singer Chris Brown, was crossing the 5200 block of Marlboro Pike in Capitol Heights, Md., to meet her mother at a bus stop last week when she was struck.

    The Flowers High School freshman had a very close relationship with her mother. After breakfast, Alexandria would walk with her mother to the bus stop, and many evenings, she would meet her there again.

    But at about 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 21, she was hit by two cars.

    The driver of the first car stopped and tried to help Alexandria, police said. He tried to direct traffic around her, but a second car came up, ran the girl over and kept going.

    Alexandria was rushed to a nearby hospital, where she died a short time later.

    The community is outraged. Trying to cross Marlboro Pike is frightening, they say, even at marked crosswalks. More lighting is needed.

    Barbara Jordan, Alexandria's mother, said the ROTC and honor roll student deserves better.

    "I'm just really hoping someone wouldn’t do that and wouldn't come forward," she said. "I mean, they wouldn’t want that to happen if they had a child, whether it's a child or a mother or a husband or brother. … It's just really traumatic to happen to a person like that. She was just laying there in the middle of the street."

    Prince George's County police said they don't even have a description of the hit-and-run vehicle. They're offering a reward for information that leads them to the driver.