NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Police in Norfolk are looking for a driver they say struck a woman early morning on New Year’s Day and left the scene.

The victim’s mother identified her as 36-year-old Elaysha Jones, of Suffolk.

According to Barbara Jefferson, her daughter works in assisted living and is as an independent, self-sufficient songstress. Right now, however, Jones’ life depends on the machines and doctors at Sentara Norfolk General.

“We talk to her, we sing to her we play her music — we are Christians — we play our Christian music and we definitely sending up mad prayers,” Jefferson told WAVY.

According to Norfolk police, the incident occurred around 4:30 a.m. on January 1 in the 1800 block of East Little Creek Road.

Jefferson told WAVY that Jones had gone out to celebrate with friends and was leaving a club at that time.

When they got to the scene, officers reported seeing the victim, a still-unidentified woman, suffering from life-threatening injuries.

The victim was taken to a local hospital where she remains in critical condition.

“Right now we are just waiting for her to physically wake up, get off life support , and we take it from that part,” Jefferson said.

Investigators say they are looking for a Honda Odyssey van with a temporary license plate.

Jefferson urges the driver to turn him or herself in to police. “I just pray for their mental capacity that they would realize that they did something wrong and they could show up,” she told us.

If you have any information about this case, you can submit an anonymous tip by calling 1-888-LOCK-U-UP, downloading the P3 tips app to a mobile device, or visiting and submitting a tip.