Family, friends of hit-and-run victim hold out hope to find driver responsible


    The search continues for the car in a fatal hit-and-run. 13WHAM learned more about the victim and the efforts to track down those responsible for his death. (WHAM photo)

    Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) – New York State Police are continuing their search for the driver of a white Nissan who allegedly killed Nick O'Rourke, 61, Friday night.

    13WHAM spoke with the Rochester man’s family and a friend as they deal with the loss.

    Standing in front of Eastman Commons on Dewey Avenue, Miguel Vazquez remembered his friend Nick. The two were neighbors at the apartment complex.

    Vazquez said O'Rourke was one of the nicest people in the building.

    “He would come up to me and ask me if I needed anything or if I wanted something from the store,” Vazquez said. “(He) was thoughtful, caring and loving.”

    According to State troopers O'Rourke was walking along the shoulder of State Route 104 near the Seneca Avenue exit when he was struck and killed around 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 14.

    O'Rourke's family said they're still trying to piece together what happened that night. They said someone else found him after he was hit on Rt. 104 and called 911.

    O'Rourke's brother Jim told 13WHAM he was likely walking home from Rochester General Hospital when he was hit.

    His mother was too distraught to speak with 13WHAM on camera. She said her son didn't deserve to die like that.

    Vazquez is also struggling with how his friend was killed.

    “I don't know why people do it – hit-and-run,” said Vazquez. “There's a person dead because of that. My conclusion to that, it's not okay."

    State Police continue to look for the driver of a possible 2006 to 2009 white Nissan sports car. They said it's missing the passenger's mirror and likely has other damage.

    Vazquez has a message for whoever was behind the wheel.

    “I just want to say to the driver if you are out there, I advise you to turn yourself in, so you will have no more trouble,” he said. “May Nick's body rest in peace.”

    O'Rourke's family said they will be visiting auto shops to ask workers to be on the lookout for the car.

    Anyone with information is asked to call State Police at 585-279-8891.

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