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Car involved in fatal hit and run found
Gates, N.Y. - Gates Police received a tip Monday that lead them to the 2006 Gray Chrysler Sebring convertible involved in a fatal accident that killed a 20 year old Gates man.
It was located in the city of Rochester, but police had to obtain a search warrant to tow it because the owners are not cooperating.
Police said they dont know yet who was driving when Joseph Pacheco was struck and killed on Howard Road at 12:15 this morning. The impact of the crash threw Pacheco on to a nearby lawn. He died at the scene.
Pachecos mother, Lou Anne Rivera cried as she talked about her son. He had a big heart, he would give anyone his last dollar and help them.
He didnt own a car, so Rivera said her son walked everywhere. He was on his way home from Tim Hortons, just a block from home, when he was struck and killed.
Neighbors heard the crash and found the victim. They called 911. There are no sidewalks on Howard Road, and neighbors said it is dark, even though there are street lights. They wonder if sidewalks are needed or if the speed limit should be lowered.
Before being tipped off about the car, Police were trying to track down all owners of 2006 Gray Chrysler Sebring cars in the Rochester area. They learned the make and model of the car from information on the bumper that was torn off by the impact of the crash.
Neighbors told 13 WHAM there was no way the driver didnt know that they hit someone. Not only was there damage to the bumper of the car but the side mirror was also found at the scene.
Lou Anne Rivera appealed to the driver to come forward. She said even if it was an accident, they should have stopped to check on her son and talk to police.
Joseph Pacheco was the second oldest of 7 children and himself the father of a one-year old son named Alexander.
His family is devastated.