CLEVELAND — Cleveland police have found a vehicle suspected of being involved in a hit-skip last month that left a 26-year-old woman in critical condition.
On Sept. 28., police impounded a 2004 Ford Explorer with heavy front-end damage, which matched the description of the vehicle that hit 26-year-old Ayana Barkley on Sept. 28. The vehicle was found in the 4100 block of East 114th Street.
The suspected vehicle was towed for processing and detectives will begin to attempt to locate the owner of the vehicle.
Cleveland police confirmed Barkley was at Poochie's Deli at 11921 Miles Ave., and was crossing from north to south when she was struck by a westbound vehicle. The vehicle did not stop at the scene and continued west on Miles Avenue.
Police said Barkley suffered severe trauma and is confined at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center for treatment.
Her father, Michael Barkley, said his daughter recently accepted a job as a trauma nurse at a local hospital, but her father fears those dreams may never come to fruition.
“She’s fighting for her life and we’re just trying to find the people that hit her and left her for dead on the street,” he said.
If you have any information on this hit-and-run, you are asked to contact Cleveland police's Accident Investigation Unit at 216-623-5295.