Family Offers Reward After Deadly Hit-and-Run

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CLEVELAND-- The family of an elderly woman killed by a hit-and-run driver is now offering a reward to help police locate the person responsible.

Wednesday night, one of her sons, Ray Lobins, removed the final boxes from the west side Cleveland apartment where his mother lived for the past 23 years.

"It was unexpected of course and you never expect your mom to pass, and to pass in the way that she did. It obviously tugged at your heartstrings," Lobins said.

Maxine Lobins, 81, was struck and killed one week ago while trying to cross Lorain Avenue with her walker.  She had just eaten breakfast at a Steak 'n Shake near her retirement home.

Cleveland police say the driver of the black van kept going.  Police say they are looking for any witnesses to come forward.

"They're still working on the case, but perhaps the incentive may help find the person who accidentally hit my mom," Lobins said.

Ray Lobins and his brothers decided to put up $5,000 of a $7,000 reward for information that helps police track down the driver.

"Whoever did it, they can't really affect our family anymore. I mean...she's already gone. I just would like the opportunity not for this to happen to anybody else and to give our family some closure," he said.

Someone strapped a stuffed animal to the utility pole near the crosswalk where Maxine Lobins was struck.

"She was a very nice lady. She worked as an art teacher for many years. She was a relatively healthy 81-year-old and it's not what we expected by any stretch," Lobins said.

Maxine's family buried her Monday on what would have been her 82nd birthday.

As he packed up the rest of his mother's life-time possessions, her son, a doctor who treats cancer patients, cannot understand how anyone could strike his mother and not stop. "I kind of for a living try to prolong and extend people's lives, and so when something like this happens and a person seems to have no regard for life, I kind of take it personally," he said.

Cleveland police are looking at surveillance video from nearby businesses to see if there are any clues.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Cleveland Police Accident Investigation Unit at 216-623-5295.