Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run, family wants driver to confess

By Ashley Harding, General assignment reporter, aharding@wjxt.com
Chris Robbins, Evening newscast producer, crobbins@wjxt.com
Published On: Jan 11 2014 01:17:04 PM EST
Updated On: Jan 13 2014 06:39:56 AM EST

VIDEO: A grieving family wants the driver that killed Christopher McDowell in a hit and run to come forward and face justice for what they did.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

A grieving family is speaking out in hopes of getting the driver who killed their nephew to confess.

Christopher McDowell, 19, was killed while walking down the road early Saturday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The driver who hit McDowell did not pull over after hitting him and has not been caught, the FHP said in a press release Saturday afternoon.

McDowell was walking north on St. Johns Bluff Road at Lost Pine Drive around 3:30 a.m. Saturday when he was hit.

His body was found on the side of the road by an officer on patrol with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

FHP said the vehicle is an SUV or pick-up that is gray metallic or silver metallic.

The vehicle will have damage to the right front area and FHP needs the public help in identifying the vehicle and the driver.

George Gill is, McDowell's uncle, told Channel 4 that his family wants answers

"He was a promising young man. He had a whole life ahead of him," Gillis said.

"I don't look at them as a bad person. They were careless. So they need to come forward. That's all, they just need to come forward. Admit what they did."

Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

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