Boyle Heights family pleads for mother's hit-and-run killer to come forward

BOYLE HEIGHTS, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A mother was mowed down on a Boyle Heights street by a tractor trailer that fled the scene. The family of 69-year-old Cynthia Szukala was pleading for the driver to come forward.

At about 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Szukala was outside her motorhome in the area of Pacific Avenue and Calzona Street when she went under a big rig to look for her cats. Los Angeles police said it was then that the she was crushed by the big rig's tires.

Authorities said the driver didn't stop to see if she was OK and didn't call for help.

Szukala's daughter, who lived with her in the motorhome, said she's in shock.

"Just come clean, please, to give our family some peace. Give our family some peace. Even though, whatever the situation was, you were tired you were high...I don't care," said Aileen Kemper.

Szukala's daughter said she forgives the person who killed her mom.

Anyone with information about the crash was urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips.
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