Heartbroken father says Oxon Hill hit-and-run victim is his son
OXON HILL, Md. (ABC7) —
Police in Prince George's County are still searching for the driver that hit and killed a pedestrian Thursday evening in Oxon Hill.
And while authorities have not yet identified the man who died, on Friday a heartbroken father told ABC7 News the victim was his son.
"He's just going to be truly missed by me," James Hawkins said. "Kenard is somebody."
James Hawkins says he first learned of Thursday's deadly hit-and-run while watching news reports, but then Friday afternoon, he says he got a call from Prince George's County Police. He says an officer informed him the pedestrian killed while trying to cross Wheeler Road was his son: 27-year-old Kenard Daniel Hawkins.
"It's a terrible thing. I don't have anger for whoever committed this crime. It wasn't a crime until you left. But I do forgive you," Hawkins said.
He said he wanted to speak out to put a face to this tragedy. He hopes that doing so will compel the driver to come forward.
"I extend my arms of understanding. I don't know what you were going through. Fear, maybe. Maybe you didn't have your license. Maybe you were intoxicated. All that doesn't matter. What matters is you stepping up to the plate now," Hawkins said. "What you did can be forgiven for if you turn yourself in, so do the right thing."
Prince George's County Police are working to locate the vehicle involved in the hit-and-run. It's described as a white pickup truck that had a ladder on the top or side.
The preliminary investigation indicates the truck was turning left onto Wheeler Road from St. Barnabas Road when it hit the victim, who was walking in the crosswalk.
Anyone with information about the driver or the vehicle is asked to call the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit at 301-731-4422.