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Officials renew call to bring hit-and-run driver to justice after Houston teen struck

HOUSTON – A Houston family and Crime Stoppers pleaded to the community Thursday to find the driver who hit a 13-year-old girl and kept going.

Wearing her Astros gear, smiling big and even giving a thumbs-up, London Castaneda-Banks walked, on her own, into a news conference Thursday with her family.

Police said the 13-year-old was crossing Ella Boulevard and Willow Timber Drive with her brother at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 2, when a black, four-door car hit her and took off.

“This person has the liberty and freedom to still drive the streets of Houston,” said mother, Shandr’a Mosley-Banks. “Houston ought to be really enflamed with anger because this person is rolling around the streets, and if they’re capable of doing this to an innocent individual, what more would they be capable of doing?”

Castaneda-Banks suffered serious injuries to her brain and spinal cord, and was in the intensive care unit for several days. She has moved to a rehabilitation facility.

“We still have a long road to go to get past this. She is really starting now to identify and deal with the scars that she has been left with because of this malice person, but other than that, London is making really, really good waves,” said Mosley-Banks.

They hope to return home next week to continue her recovery.

Anyone with information on the driver who hit London is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. You could be eligible for a $5,000 reward.