Hit-and-run victim's family asks driver to come forward

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by JOHN LANGELER / KING 5 News

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Posted on October 7, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 8 at 8:35 AM

TACOMA -- The family of a young woman who was hit by a car that left the scene Saturday night is asking for the driver to come forward.

Police say a small dark sedan or sports car hit 23-year-old Rachel Givens as she tried to cross the East Valley Highway near the Log Cabin Tavern just before 11 p.m. Saturday.

Givens’ family said Monday that she will be taken off life support.

"I just don't know how somebody could do that," cried Rachel's 16-year-old sister Sarah, "How could somebody just leave her dthere on the road?"

A large group of friends and family members have been camped out at Tacoma General Hospital since the incident Saturday night.  They described Givens as a funny, lively woman who had been a para-educator and coach at Mukleshoot Tribal School.

Givens was also a star athlete at Auburn-Riverside High School, leading the soccer team as well as the 2008 girls basketball squad to a state title.

It's a young life Givens' sister wanted to emulate.

"I still think I'm going to see her in the morning," Sarah Givens said, "I still think she's going to come back to me."

Family friends said Rachel was pronounced dead on Sunday, but her body was being cared for so organs could be donated, which is expected to happen Tuesday.

Meanwhile, those close to Rachel hope the public can help find the driver that killed her.

Police said the suspect's vehicle will have front end damage and could have windshield damage.

Anyone with information can leave a message for detectives at 253-299-5678 (253-299-TIPS).

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