‘Turn yourself in, please’: Family makes plea after teen is killed in hit-and-run

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LORAIN, Ohio-- A family is pleading for the driver of a car that hit and killed a teenager to turn themselves in to police.

Witnesses said the driver of the silver vehicle slowed down, beeped at a neighboring house, then sped toward Jayvian R. Johnson. The 17-year-old was walking his girlfriend home when he was hit.

“The car was coming fast. It didn’t slow down; it didn’t stop; it didn’t even swerve to try to dodge him,” Jayvian’s girlfriend, Andrea Bentley told Fox 8 News. “The car was on the wrong side of the road, so he knew he was going to hit him,” Bentley said.

Bentley said she spoke to Jayvian, who was thrown into a roadside sign by the impact of the car.

“I was talking to him, but he didn’t reply. He didn’t move; he didn’t blink. Nothing,” she said. “I was just saying his name a couple times, and ‘I love you, don’t go.’”

Johnson was taken to the hospital, where he passed away Tuesday morning.

Jayvian’s grandmother, Patricia Johnson, is asking the driver to turn himself or herself in. “I just pray that whoever did it turn themselves in. Please,” she said.  “I'm gonna miss him so much because he was taken away just that fast," Johnson said.

Witnesses described the suspect vehicle as silver, possibly a Dodge Charger with tinted windows. It may have front-end damage.

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