Man's family asks hit-and-run driver to come forward

September 20, 2011 2:59:15 PM PDT
J.D. Walker is described as a fighter. He survived a 12-year battle with lung cancer only to be killed by a hit-and-run driver.

His daughter, Bridget Walker, said she wants the person responsible brought to justice.

"I just want the person who did it to please turn yourself in," Bridget Walker said. "Please turn yourself in. Have a heart."

The crash happened Monday at the intersection of 76th and Racine in the city's Gresham neighborhood. Walker was on his way to a corner store to buy a newspaper and a lottery ticket when he was hit.

"It was wrong how you just left my father out there on the street like he was just nothing," Bridget Walker said.

Witnesses said a dark-colored Oldsmobile Alero was heading north on Racine when it ran into Walker.

The car, which was missing a side mirror, then sped away as people ran to help him. Walker was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators are reviewing video from a surveillance camera on the side of the corner store that may have captured the car moments before the crash.

As word of the deadly crash spread among Walker's family and friends yesterday, several went to the scene.

"If her or his side-view mirror came off, that's a hit," family friend Rose Seaton said. "So you know what happened. You're aware of what you did. So do you have any conscience?"

Walker was a retired bricklayer who is being remembered as a compassionate person who was always helpful to others.

"He was a good man," said Crystal Miller, a relative. "When my father died, he took care of me. So who ever ran him over and left him in the street should be found and put in jail."

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