Dozens gather to remember man killed in Downtown Fresno hit-and-run

Family members of a Fresno man killed in a hit-and-run crash are remembering him, and praying police catch the driver who got away.
November 15, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
Family members of a Fresno man killed in a hit-and-run crash are remembering him, and praying police catch the driver who got away. Police want your help to find the person who crashed into a 66-year-old man and dragged him underneath his pickup truck, killing him. The crash happened near the intersection of San Benito and G Street.

Dozens of people gathered for an outdoor service to remember the life of Jimmy Hill. Among them was Patrick Brown who came to mourn the passing of a person who played a major role in his life. "He was my step dad so it's hurting. He was a good man," said Brown.

On Thursday night, just after 8 p.m. Police believe a driver in a maroon or dark red extended cab pick-up slammed into Hill. "Instead of immediately stopping he actually drove for about one mile or nine tenths of a mile," said Sgt. Tony Dewall.

Hill never survived being dragged for so long and died on scene. His loss is still too painful for Brown to grasp. "He was a good man. He was a very good man, caring person, people person, always trying to see the next person smile, No matter what you were going through he would always tell you keep your head up," added Brown.

Hill lived nearby at the Renaissance at Santa Clara in an apartment complex built to help the city's homeless population. During his life he used to attend similar services held by a mobile ministry which works in the area. "The goal of this ministry is to let people know there is a way out and you don't have to live the way you're living," said Pastor Vance Cantu.

Now the congregation is praying for Justice for Jimmy. Investigators believe several witnesses saw the hit-and-run take place. They are asking anyone with information to come forward.


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