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Family of hit-and-run victim asks for your help finding the suspect

By Michael Slother - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The victim of a hit-and-run fights for his life, while the person responsible remains on the run.40-year-old Eddie King was hit by a car Thursday night and his family is urging the community to help find whoever did it. 

Eddie was last able to see and hear his family was on Thanksgiving. For the past two days, they have been in and out of the hospital; without knowing if he'll get better. Even worse, they have no clue who hit him.

Eddie's mother Sandra looked through memories her son has made over the years and wondered if he'll be able to make anymore. "He certainly didn't deserve this," she said.

He's on life support with severe head injuries at University Medical Center. "He's laying there fighting for his life and there's nothing the doctors can do," his father Don told us.

"Seeing him laying there, it's not the same person at all," said Eddie's sister Dena. 

Police say after Eddie was hit near 51st and Slide sometime after 10:00 p.m. Thursday, the driver took off. 

"Even if I hit a dog, I'd at least stop to see if there was something I can do for the dog," his father said.

"I don't understand how people can leave when they know they've hit somebody and leave him laying there in the street dying," Sandra said, holding back tears.

His family says it's hard not knowing what happened that night. They're asking for your help. "I think there are a lot of good people out here that will come forward and say what they saw."

Eddie's family says each time the phone rings, they fear the worst. "You never know when that phone call is going to be the call that you're trying so hard not to get," Don said.

"Hearing the phone ring and thinking, oh my gosh, this is it. Something happened," said his mother.

Hoping and praying is all they say they can do.

"He's young; he's got a lot of life left in him," his father said.

We asked Dena what she would say to her brother. "I would tell him I love him and that I'm sorry this happened to him."

His mother hopes God will answer her prayers. "I just want everybody to pray; and maybe even pray for the person that did it."

Accident investigators have little to go on since the driver took off. If you were in the area of 51st and Slide on Thursday night and saw anything at all that could help police, call Crime Line at (806)-741-1000 

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