Grieving St. Martin Family Still Searching For Answers

Grief, shock, questions, and frustration. Those emotions are overwhelming a St. Martin family, after their mother was killed in a hit and run accident.

On January 13th, 47-year old Thuan Nguyen was walking to her relatives' house on Old Fort Bayou Road when she was hit by a van, and her body left on the side of the road.

Thuan Nguyen was laid to rest over the weekend. She left behind five children. They all want to know who killed their mother, and why the driver didn't stop to help that night.

"She was very generous with her love. Everyone that meets her in the path of her life will always love her instantly," said Linda Dang.

Dang and her four brothers and sisters took it for granted that their loving mother would always be with them. But on January 13th, the unthinkable happened.

"We got a call from the police saying they need us. They got some bad news, and mom died in an accident," said Billy Nguyen.

The Nguyens couldn't believe that their mother, 47-year old Thuan Nguyen, was killed in a hit and run accident on Old Fort Bayou Road.

"She was walking from her house in the Windsor Park Subdivision to her mother-in-law's house for dinner."

"We don't know why she was walking in the first place. She never walked before," said Linda Dang. "This would be her first time walking on that road by herself."

"The saddest thing is, she was only two houses away from where she was going," said Billy Nguyen. "She had only two more houses left before she got there, and nobody knew."

Their mom's tragic death was just the latest blow for the five Nguyen children. They've already lost their dad, grandfather, and oldest sister. They all died of cancer in the past seven years.

"We were thinking mom is all we have left. Mom is the only one that's holding up the fort for us, and without our mom, we're nothing," said Linda Dang. "How could we go on and move on without our mother?"

With their mother gone, the Nguyen children are left with questions. Jackson County Sheriff's investigators have few answers.

"We followed about 30 leads that we've had so far, and they've come to a dead end," said Sheriff Mike Byrd. "I know their pain and we're going to do everything we can to try to find this person that's responsible, or persons, and bring them to justice."

These siblings just want the person responsible for their mom's death to come forward, so they can have some peace.

"So we can find out what actually happened that night," said Linda Dang. "Did you see her? Was she walking on the road or the side of the road? And accidents do happen. If that's what happened, then we just need to know the details because without it, we will lay in bed and just wonder every night."

"We do forgive him for what he had done," said Dianna Nguyen. "But we just want some answers like why did he leave mom there, or at least call the police or something? We're not going to have anything against that person or anything, just to have closure for our family."

After talking to a witness, and finding a piece of the vehicle at the scene, deputies were able to trace the make and year of the van involved in the accident. They say the van was made between 1985 and 1991. It's a GMC or Chevrolet van, white or light in color, and has possible stripes. It has a factory ladder in the back, and no tail lights.

If you have any information that could help investigators, please call the Jackson County Sheriff's Department at (228) 769-3063.

Crimestoppers is also offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.