WHEATON, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police handed out flyers on Wednesday in the area where Marlyn Eres Ali of Wheaton was struck and killed. The flyers ask in English and Spanish for information and tips from anyone who was in the vicinity of Connecticut Avenue and Randolph Road between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday night.
On Thursday, police said the car was a late 90's to early 2000's Toyota Corolla (color unknown). If you have seen the car, please call Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240.773.6620 or MCPD non-emergency at 301-279-8000.
During an interview with WUSA9, Captain Thomas Didone made a direct plea to the driver.
"If he or she is listening, please contact us and turn yourself in, I promise you will be treated fairly, don't make a bad decision a lifelong nightmare. Ms. Ali and her family deserve closure in this matter."
Police say Ali legally crossed the northbound lanes of Connecticut Avenue while crossing in an unmarked crosswalk, but was struck while trying to make it across the southbound lanes.
Ali's niece, Lial Lynn, says her aunt was doing what she did every night, commuting home from her job as a nanny in Tenleytown in Northwest D.C. Ali lived just blocks away from where she was struck.
Wednesday night, people came to a makeshift memorial of candles and flowers at the place where her body was found to pray.
Jessica Daly employed Ali as a nanny for her two children, "Very difficult thing for any of us to accept, so tragic and sudden."
Daly hopes the driver turns him- or herself in and so does Lynn.
"Surrender, because we're hanging right now, we don't know what to do. We need some justice."
Captain Didone says the car in question must have front-end damage.
Detectives are asking anyone who may have been in the area Tuesday night, walking, driving, or riding the L8 bus with information to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6615.