Hampton family mourns after teen killed in hit-and-run, urges driver to come forward

Posted at 2:13 PM, Oct 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-28 14:15:02-04

HAMPTON, Va. - Lizmaris Caba had dreams and aspirations.

“She wanted to be a doctor,” her brother, Rafael Caba, told News 3 reporter Brian Hill.

Those future goals for the 15-year-old are now distant "what-ifs." The Bethel High School student’s light dimmed Friday evening.

News 3 spoke with Lizmaris' brother Monday morning.

“I broke down. Your mind is like going 100 miles an hour - so many emotions that come as you learn,” Rafael explained.

According to Hampton Police, a driver hit Lizmaris and her mother in the intersection of Todds Lane and Whealton Road. The impact killed the teen and left her mother with more than just physical injuries.

“She don’t understand why this happened, and she breaks down remembering the incident,” Rafael explained.

Police say whoever was driving that night sped off, leaving the scene.

“It’s kind of a coward move," Rafael mentioned.

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Rafael explained that his sister and mother were walking to church when they were struck by the car.

“Some people heard it. They came out. They helped my mother, but it was too late for my sister.”

Near the space where Lizmaris was struck lies a memorial of balloons, flowers and candles.

A family of faith, Rafael said he’s not angry but wants answers.

“There might be a reason why the person did what he did. No hard feelings against that person. We just want to know the real reason why it happened.”

If you know anything that could help police with their investigation, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-88-562-5887).

The family has also set up a GoFundMepage to help cover funeral expenses.