LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — 5-year-old Ariana Conway recalls getting hit by a truck in a Circle K gas station parking lot Wednesday with an innocence that could only come from the mind of a child.
"The truck was going so fast," she said. "He didn't even help me up, and I didn't like that."
That innocence has been partially broken.
On the outside, she was left with road rash on her hips, side, and arms, and on the inside she was scarred by a feeling no child should have.
"I thought I was about to die and didn't want that to happen," Ariana said while clutching her mother Lauren Conway's leg.
"I didn't want to leave my family and sister."
Her dad, Christopher Conway, said he, Ariana, and his other daughter Amaya were just leaving the Circle K on the way to 7-Eleven for a frozen treat when the truck sped through the parking lot.
"We just finished our car wash. It was hot, they deserved it, they're helping," Christopher said, "she just flew out of the way, and he just kept going."
Christopher believed the driver was trying to cut around the red light at the intersection on Nellis Boulevard and Desert Inn Road when the person hit Ariana.
Lauren said she wasn't with her family when the hit-and-run happened, and was shocked when she heard the driver didn't stop.
"Just to see her with all the burns on her body," Lauren said. "How could somebody do that? How can you hit a little girl and not stop to see if she's OK?"
Christopher said the truck was a solid black 4X4 Chevy truck with a lift kit, chrome wheels, tinted windows, and a white and black license plate.
Police are searching for the vehicle.
Anyone with information that could help police should call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.