Family appeals for tips in deadly hit and run

Posted: 5:20 PM, Feb 19, 2016
Updated: 2016-02-19 17:21:16-05
Because she is autistic, much of Toya Jones' life has been a challenge.

Because of her father's untimely death, it's just became even more so.

52-year old Troy Jones died crossing 33rd Street at the Alameda in Northeast Baltimore a few weeks ago when a burgundy minivan struck him and just kept going.

His mother found out two days later.

"They said the reason they hadn't reported it earlier was because he didn't have no identification or nothing on him, but he had passed away Tuesday,” said Justine Jones, “His body was so mangled, beat up and crushed by a car and my child was gone."

Police say they believe the minivan may be a Dodge or a Chrysler, but they're not sure.

However, they have little doubt someone out there could lead them to the driver who failed to stop and render aid.

"We know the minivan sustained damage,” said Det. Donny Moses of the Baltimore City Police Department, “So if you're a shop owner who may have fixed this minivan, we're asking you to come forward.  If you're a neighbor who knows this minivan, who saw some unexplained damage, we're asking you to come forward."

It is an appeal shared by Jones' family, which is now balancing its grief over his death with anger over the apathy of the driver and the anguish of knowing their lives will never be the same.

"They just left the scene and they left my child laying there and I'd like to know why,” said Jones, “We just want answers, and if anybody knows anything, I beg them, 'Please come through,' because this is hard on me his autistic daughter that I have to raise by myself.  He was a father."

If you have any information, which could help police, you're asked to call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

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