Family of hit-and-run victim pleads for info on driver who killed him

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CLEVELAND - A passionate plea from a grieving family whose son was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver. They hope someone will come forward with information that can help police find the person who was behind the wheel.

"I miss my son and it hurts so bad to know that my son is gone at the age of 24 and that he didn't fulfill his purpose in life," said the victim’s mother, Venita McCormick.

She and her husband, Wilbert, say they are heartbroken and looking for answers. Around 11:45 p.m. last Thursday, their 24-year-old son, Lennell McCormick, was struck by a vehicle that never stopped.

"I know it gotta be hurting you, so, you know...tell somebody, turn yourself in; let's get to the end of it," said Wilbert McCormick.

Cleveland police say Lennell had just gotten out of a vehicle in the 6900 block of Kinsman Road and began to walk into the street. They say that's when he was hit by a car that never stopped. So far, they have been unable to get a description of the car or the driver. Lennell was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center and died on Saturday.

"We want to find out who did it and it is such a senseless, indecent thing for someone to do," said his mother.

"They said someone on the scene was holding his head. We can't find that person; they said it was someone that drove up behind him and seen him out in the street, and they the ones that called 911, and that's all the information we have," said the man’s father.

Lennell's parents say he was close to his entire family. He was the third of four children. They say he graduated from Horizon Science Academy in 2010 and held various jobs as a store manager.

"Very loving young man, anybody that met my son, knew my son, knew that he was very kind, very compassionate, loving because that's how he was raised; he didn't deserve to die like that," said his mother.

The McCormicks try to cope with knowing nothing can bring back their son. They now hope to find justice.

"Whoever believe you saw or heard anything that you would come forth and report the information, that will help us out so much," said Venita McCormick.

"He was a fine individual; he was a good man," said Wilbert McCormick.

The McCormick family say this was supposed to be week filled with happiness, but they had to cancel a family reunion planned for this weekend and a birthday party for their grandson.

The family plans to hold a vigil at the scene of the accident in the 6900 block of Kinsman Road at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Cleveland Division of Police Accident Investigation Unit at 216-623-5290.