Family needs daughter’s backpack to help with closure

AURORA, Colo. -- A mom is pleading for the community's help after her 16-year-old was hit by a truck and later died from her injuries.

The teenager was wearing a backpack at the scene and her mom said it was stolen before she could retrieve her daughter's belongings.

“She meant everything to me,” said Melissa McKenzie, Victoria McKenzie's mother. “Her awesome soul.”

Victoria McKenzie's parents continue to grieve the loss of their daughter.

“It’s very hard, just realizing that she’s not here,” said Jimmie McKenzie, Victoria's father.

The Aurora teen was on her way to Smoky Hill High School when she was hit while crossing the street. The truck that hit her then dragged her for more than a mile.

“He drug her under his truck for four minutes. Four minutes he drove her a mile point two until he pulled into his driveway,” Melissa McKenzie said.

The teen's mom said the driver had no idea her daughter was trapped under his truck.

McKenzie was taken to a hospital. Her parents said it looked like she was improving, and then things took a turn for the worse.

McKenzie died four days later as a result of septic shock.

"All she had left on her was a jacket, a shirt and one shoe,” Melissa McKenzie said.

Most of Victoria McKenzie's belongings from the scene aren't accounted for.

“The cop told me that somebody came by and just picked her backpack up and left,” Melissa McKenzie said.

“It’s not just a backpack, it’s what’s in it and I would love to have it back. If you have it give it back, if you know who has it please let me know, let somebody know so I can get it back," Melissa McKenzie said.

“That would mean everything to me. It wouldn’t bring my daughter back, but at least I would have it.”

“This guy took away our life, our child, just everything,” Jimmie McKenzie said.

“I'm hoping that getting her story out and explaining what happened, maybe, something good will come of this," Melissa McKenzie said. "If I can save another child’s life, then I’ve done my job.”

The incident is still under investigation.

The family said to further the investigation, authorities need to talk to someone who saw the incident when it happened.