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Hit and run victim remembered one year later; family still searching for driver

Posted at 11:18 PM, Oct 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-28 23:24:12-04

Family and friends can't even put into words how hard this last year has been, since 17-year-old Kiersten Walko was killed in a hit and run in Severn. 

"There hasn't been a day that this family hasn't suffered," family friend Christine Reinhardt said. 

Walko was a sister, daughter, best friend, high school senior and passionate dancer. 

"She was the movie star of the family, she really was," uncle Benjamin Wengert said. "She had such a huge personality and to lose someone like that is just tragic."

Sunday evening, family and friends gathered where she was hit and killed one year ago. 

"You can look up and down this road and see all the people that are here. Kiersten was truly truly loved," Reinhardt said. 

Walko was walking home with friends after a house party early in the morning of Saturday, October 28, when a car hit her on WB&A Road and took off. She died 5 days later. 

"They didn't stop to even figure out if she was going to be okay, if she was going to live, despite the consequences," friend Mikey Paschall said. "It just sickens me honestly."

MORE: Family of Kiersten Walko pleading with driver to come forward

Now one year later, Walko's loved ones are still pleading for the driver to come forward, saying it's never too late to do the right thing and bring closure to a grieving community. 

"We don't know what happened that night. We don’t know if it was an accident. We don’t know if it was a drunk driver. We don’t know if they were texting or using their phone. We just don’t know and we have a lot of questions for that person," Wengert said. 

"It would mean the world to understand, to get that person face-to-face in a room to know who took my best friend away from me," Paschall said. "But I feel like if we don't, it's still not going to change anything. There's nothing that we're gonna go to be able to bring Kiersten back and it hurts my heart every single day."

The family is offering a $60,000 reward for a conviction in her death. Police are looking for a light-colored car with tinted windows and LED lights.