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Apr 23, 2013 8:07 PM by Lupita Murillo

Family of hit and run victim plea for information on 10th Anniversary

TUCSON - It's a hit and run case that's been sitting on the shelf for 10 years and Tucson Police needs your help.

The family of Michael Kumer is speaking out, a decade after his death hoping to help police with leads.

Every time Kumer's mother travels down Country Club Road across the from Winterhaven, she looks over to her son's memorial and says, "I love you Michael."

Marcella Kumer says, her 15-year-old son was walking on Country Club Road heading north, when the truck came from behind him and hit him. She asks, "What kind of person leaves a child in the road?"

Witnesses say the man behind the wheel was in a Gray Nissan pickup truck possibly with a ladder in the back.

"They think he was drunk because of the skid marks and he had to be picking up speed because he took my son out of his shoes. He hit him that hard." A couple saw what happened and stayed with Michael until paramedics arrived.

"Somebody out there knows who hit my son, and I would like for them to have the courage to come forward."

His mother says he was passionate about his family, friends and school. He was on the honor roll and he wanted to be a pharmacist.

"All his qualities were wonderful. I can see why God wanted him to be with him because he was an angel on earth. I'd give anything to hug my son one more time."

Even though this case is a decade old, it is still open, it will only be closed when someone comes forward with information and that will give Michael's family and friends peace.

His mother says her son was a very giving person who loved helping people. They donated his eyes to someone in Tucson. She says, "Someone in Tucson has the gift of sight because of Michael". She hoping people will call 88-CRIME if they have any information about the hit and run that occurred on Country Club between Ft. Lowell and Prince Road on April 19, 2003.

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