Witness to fatal hit and run in KC now on a mission to get justice for stranger

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A metro man was struck by two vehicles, drivers leaving the victim to die on October 30. Witnesses stopped to help, but it was too late. Now one of those witnesses wants justice.

Police say one of the two drivers came to the police station to give a statement, but they’re still searching for the other driver who hit and killed George Watson.

CrossHundreds of people pass by a cross on Winner road every day, but not many know the story it holds or the name that’s sketched in bold letters.

“I really don't know a lot about him other than his name from the reports,” said Eric Fitch.

Fitch doesn’t know if the man was married or if he had kids. The only thing he knows for sure is how 56-year-old Watson lost his life.

“It shook me up pretty good,” he said.

Fitch was driving down 24 Highway when he noticed a man unconscious, covered in blood.

“We pulled over, I was with a couple family members we tried to stop the traffic,” Fitch said.

Police say Watson was hit by a light colored car before a tree trimming truck also hit him. Neither driver stopped. Fitch tried to revive the 56-year-old, but it was too late.


“It's kind of enraging if you ask me. Everybody deserves a chance of life,” Fitch told FOX 4's Megan Brilley.

Until Friday night, Fitch had never met Watson. A complete stranger that died in his arms. Now he’s on a mission to get justice. Fitch posted a picture on his Facebook that he says is the first car that hit Watson. He’s teaming up with Watson's friends to spread the word in hopes the driver is taken into custody.

“It's disappointing for me in that humanity has come to that point. That someone could actually turn an eye to something like this and not care,” Fitch said.

Police want to talk to anyone who may have witnessed the crash Friday night. They are still looking for the driver of the light colored car. You can call the police department or crimestoppers at (816) 474-TIPS.

There will be a vigil held for Watson at 6 p.m. on Friday November 6th at Beaumont Church.

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