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RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio (WJW) – Richmond Heights police identified the victim who was killed in a hit and run Tuesday night.
It happened just after 10:30 p.m. on Highland Road near Trebisky.
Dawit Bekele, 32, was killed.
Police tell FOX 8 that the victim had gone out for a walk to get fresh air. When he didn’t come home, the family called the police.
“It’s somebody who’s young who had a whole life ahead of them,” said Lt. Denise DeBiase.
“When I checked on him he was not breathing, I asked if he was okay and that help is on the way he said please help,” said Hassan Handsome, a Good Samaritan who was on his way home from dinner when he saw the man in the road and stopped to help.
Another neighbor also heard a loud boom from the accident and called the police.
Nobody saw the vehicle, but multiple pieces of it were left on the road.
DeBiase says they couldn’t tell the color of the car from the parts but were able to determine the make and model.
“Car parts were left behind and it appears to be from a Chevy Malibu between the years of 2008 and 2012,” said DeBiase.
Investigators are hoping someone will see the vehicle and call them.
They say it will most likely have extensive damage to the front hood and windshield.
“We’re reaching out to the community in the hopes that somebody would see a vehicle that’s heavily damaged and they don’t know where it came from,” said DeBiase, “To bring this person to our department so we can question how this happened.”
The man succumbed to his injuries shortly after EMTs arrived at the scene with those Good Samaritans still by his side.
“I was just sitting with him making sure that he was not alone,” said Handsome, “Treat others the way you want to be treated, the Golden Rule.”
Hassan has also been sharing the story on social media in hopes of identifying the driver, while he’s still struggling after witnessing the man’s tragic death.
And he says he’ll never understand how someone could just leave a person laying there after such a horrific accident.
“Because what if it was you, that’s the main question I have is what if it was you,” said Handsome.
If you have information to share please contact the Richmond Heights Police Department at 216-486-1234 or the RHPD detective bureau at 216-383-6309.