Grief-stricken parents ask for help with finding driver who killed son in Plantation

Mark Manco, 31, had just returned from trip to Dubai when hit-and-run driver struck him, parents say

The family of a 31-year-old man who was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Plantation earlier this year are still seeking answers as to who is responsible for their loved one’s death.

PLANTATION, Fla. – The family of a 31-year-old man who was killed in a hit-and-run crash earlier this year in Broward County wants justice.

Elaine Manco said Tuesday that detectives told her they don’t have any leads. She wants them to arrest the driver who killed her son Mark Manco on April 1 in Plantation and fled.

“Mark was a sweet soul,” Elaine Manco said. “Mark had blunt force trauma to the head and didn’t deserve to die this way. My life will never be the same.”

Mark Manco was a New Jersey state champion while playing on the Shawnee High School football team, and at the time of his death was playing semi-pro with the South Jersey Thunder, according to his obituary. He was a fan of Philly sports teams.

Fire Rescue personnel pronounced MarK Manco dead east of the intersection of Peters Road and Southwest 59th Avenue and south of Plantation Heritage Park. His father Gary Manco said getting the call from the police was heartbreaking.

“Dropped to my knees and just couldn’t believe it. You don’t hit somebody his size and don’t know you didn’t hit him,” Gary Manco said.

Gary Manco said he and his son had just returned from a trip to Dubai. Detectives believe Mark Manco was on his way home when he got out to check up on his car where the hit-and-run driver struck and killed him.

Elaine Manco said her son lived in New Jersey, near to where she lives, and in Delray Beach, near to where his father lives. She described him as “extremely” family-oriented.

“If everybody in the world was like him, the world would have been a much, much, much, better place,” Gary Manco said adding, “I’m not looking for revenge; I’m just looking for justice. I mean it’s the right thing to do. This is not just for us, it’s also for him.I would say our whole family revolves around him. Everybody loved him.”

The victim’s grief-stricken parents are asking anyone with information about the hit-and-run crash to call the Plantation Police Department at 954-797-2100 or Broward Crime Stoppers to remain anonymous at 954-493-8477.

5:30 p.m. report

The family of a 31-year-old man who was killed in a hit-and-run crash earlier this year in Broward County wants justice.

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