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Mother speaks out about son killed in hit and run

By Tiffany Pelt - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – As the investigation continues, the mother speaks out after her son is killed in a hit and run accident early Friday morning.

Police said Juan Antonio Carmona, 23, was struck by a vehicle and killed along the 200 block of East Parkway, which is near McKenzie Park. His body was found around 3 a.m. Friday. EMS pronounced Juan Carmona dead at the scene, and police say that the driver took off.

"I couldn't believe it. A cop came and told me, said he found my son dead," cried Jesusa Maria Carmona, Juan's mother. "Now he ain't going to see his kids grow up, or have grandkids or whatever because he died at 23."

His mother held back tears, not understanding how someone could leave her son to die. "To just hit and run, and leave him there like a dog to die that ain't right. That's a human being. He had a life, he had two kids to take care of," she cried.

Juan leaves behind two children, Makayla, 6, and Jo Angel, 4. "My granddaughter last night was crying. I said what do you want, and she said I want my Daddy. I can't do nothing about it, and I said Daddy is in heaven already."

No arrests have been made in the hit and run but patrol unites seized a black Mitsubishi Eclipse from a home in central Lubbock. The black car was towed with damage to the front right side of the car. Police also took clothes and shoes from that home. Neighbors in the neighborhood were questioned about the car, and many of the neighbors believed that the damaged car looked like someone had been pushed into the car.

While Police say they will continue to look into what happened at the time of the accident, Juan's friends and family are pulling together to stay strong during the holidays. "I'll go to the cemetery with his kids on Christmas and leave flowers for him there. That's all we have to give him, only flowers now for his Christmas," cried his mother.

The Carmona family needs help paying for funeral expenses. A memorial fund has been set up in Juan Carmona's name. Donations can be made at any Wells Fargo branch.

If you have any information regarding the accident, you may call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000.

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