Angel Mikki LaRouge moved to South Florida from her native Pittsburgh about a year ago in search of a fresh start, relatives said.
But the new life that the 47-year-old might have imagined ended in tragedy when she was struck by two hit-and-run drivers as she tried to cross State Road 7 at Hollywood Boulevard. LaRouge died of her injuries Tuesday in Memorial Regional Hospital.
"There is a family behind every hit and run," Rachel Wernert, Larouge's sister, said Thursday after visiting the intersection where LaRouge was hit 10 days ago.
"I wish the drivers would come forward just to acknowledge that this was a person whose life was lost. This was not just a bird you ran over. It was much bigger than that."
Surveillance videos show LaRouge trying to cross the intersection on a red light at 8:12 p.m. Jan. 27 when she was hit by an SUV heading north in the center lane.
Police say a second vehicle, thought to be a silver or gray 2002 Hyundai Elantra, also ran over the fallen pedestrian and kept going.
A surveillance video from a gas station on the northwest corner of the intersection appears to show an SUV — thought to be a late-model Ford Expedition — pulling up to the pump.
Flashing lights from responding emergency vehicles can be seen in the background as several motorists watch the rescue.
The video also shows the driver of the SUV dressed in a red hat, red shirt and red shorts walking back to the suspect vehicle after watching police and paramedics attending to the injured pedestrian.
Police believe the right front fender of the SUV and the left front fender of the car have damage from the impact.
Wernert said her sister lived in Pittsburgh, near her five siblings and her mother, and worked as a counselor until she decided to move to South Florida. She was unmarried and had no children.
"We had only heard intermittently from her in the last year, but recently she started reaching out to family again," said Wernert.
Wernert said LaRouge did not have a car, and may have been trying to catch a bus when she was struck down.
"The whole traffic grid is crazy," said Wernert, who was heading home to Pittsburgh Thursday. "At that intersection I saw people darting out everywhere, so it was not an anomaly for Angel to have done it."
A memorial service for LaRouge will be held in Pittsburgh next week, Wernert said.
Investigators ask anyone with information to call Hollywood police at 954-967-4357 or 954-967-4513.