INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Police are trying to find a silver-colored sedan that they believe hit a 38-year-old man Friday night in the area of US 40 and River Blvd, and then left the scene, leaving the man to die.
The victim is Derrick Hubbard of Independence. His family describes Hubbard as a dedicated father who adores his son, who has autism.
"We've told him, but he doesn't grasp it," said Margaret Winters, Derrick's mom. "He wants his daddy."
She's begging whoever hit her son to come forward. She says their family is not a family of anger, but they do want justice.
"Someone hit him like a piece of trash and kept going. That's how I feel," said Winters. "It started out as an accident. They turned it into murder when they left the scene."
According to police, Hubbard was walking westbound on the north shoulder of US 40 when he was struck from behind by the westbound vehicle. His family says he was walking to a nearby 7-11 when he was struck.
The vehicle, which is believed to be a light-colored 2013-2015 Dodge Avenger (similar models pictured below), left the scene westbound on US 40 Hwy. Police say the driver's side mirror will be missing as well as the driver's side headlight lens.
Margaret Winters says his family was her son's pride and joy, especially his 18-year-old son Montel.
"He needed his father. He`s never gonna be able to live on his own, ever!" Winters said.
Hubbard also leaves a wife, to whom he'd been married for 11 years.
"They have taken a great man out of this world. a good son, a good father, a good husband," Winters said.
If you have information regarding this hit and run, the Independence Police Department asks you to call (816) 325-7300.
"I don`t have any feelings right now. The tears run. My body shakes, but this is unreal and I don`t wish this on any mother," she said.