Family asks for help in finding hit-and-run driver who killed Lauderhill man

Hit-and-run reported in December 2014 in Fort Lauderdale

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The family of a man who was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Fort Lauderdale more than a year ago is asking for the public's help in finding the person who is responsible for the man's death.

Police said Hurley McCrimmon, 55, of Lauderhill, was crossing the street Dec. 27, 2014, in the 1400 block of Northwest 19th Street when he was struck by a blue 2003 Ford F-150.

According to detectives, the truck was heading east at about 8 p.m. when it struck McCrimmon, throwing him onto the sidewalk.

Police said the driver never stopped to try to help McCrimmon.

"You just don't kill someone and then just keep going like they were an animal or something," the victim's mother, Levert McCrimmon, said.

Family members said Hurley McCrimmon had left the home where he lived with his mother to walk to a nearby store when he was hit by the truck.

McCrimmon was pronounced dead at the scene.

"God and prayers have brought me this far, but I want justice," Levert McCrimmon said. "Lets get up and out before this happens to any of the community children or anyone in this world. Let's stop it. Let's stop it right now."

The pickup, which witnesses said was driven by a black man, was found after the incident. It has an American flag sticker on the back of it and a washing machine in the bed of the vehicle.

"If anyone remembers anything or knows who was driving the vehicle just come forward because we're hurting. My mom continues to hurt," the victim's sister, Cynthia Holmes, said.

Hurley McCrimmon's sister and mother said he overcame several medical issues just months before the accident, including a flesh-eating bacteria. They said they can't believe a hit-and-run accident would be the way he would die.

"I couldn't fathom how he overcame the necrotizing fascilitis, how he beat stage 4 cancer, and for someone to take his life like this, it was kind of like a daze," Holmes said.

Police said they have questioned the owner of the truck and have a person of interest in the case, but they still need to talk to more witnesses before they can make an arrest.

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run is asked to call Traffic Homicide Investigator Jonathan Graham at 954-828-5125 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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