Police: Man struck, killed in Hockessin hit-and-run

Hockessin, Del. (WTXF) Police say they are searching for a hit-and-run driver who struck and killed a man in Delaware Sunday night.

"For the rest of my life my kids aren't going to have a dad,” Angel King, the partner of the victim, told FOX 29.

According to police, a father was ripped from his partner and two children by a hit-and-run driver. Angel King says her 8-year-old and 5-year-old children are still absorbing the news that their dad is not coming home. 34-year-old Jeremiah McCarthy's body was found along the side of Lancaster Pike in Hockessin, Delaware, Sunday night by a passerby.

"Striking vehicle fled from the area. We have found very little evidence to help us find the vehicle that struck the pedestrian,” said Delaware State Police Master Corporal Jeffrey Hale.

Delaware State Police say no witnesses have come forward. They say McCarthy was crossing the road near Ace Memorial Drive just before 9:30 p.m. when he was hit by someone going north towards the Pennsylvania border. According to police, he was thrown onto the shoulder of the road and the driver just left him there.

Family members say McCarthy was leaving the VFW post where his Navy vet father is a member when he was hit. They tell FOX 29 just on Sunday, the father of two, helped Angel's father put up a new mailbox. It was a family project that's now a stark reminder of how fleeting life can be. Today, a mother is left struggling to explain to her kids why sometimes you never get to say goodbye.

"I don't know they understand this is forever that he's not coming back and they're never going to see him again." Angel said.

If anyone has any information, please contact Corporal John Forester at 302-365-8485. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.


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