The family of a man who died from injuries sustained in a hit-and-run accident last month are desperately seeking information that will help police find the driver who caused the accident.
Guillermo Benavides, 49, was on his way home from his job as a shuttle driver at SAMMC on Dec. 19 when he was hit from behind while waiting to make a left hand turn from West Avenue onto Nassau Rd. around 6:30 p.m. He was less than half a mile from his home.
"The car didn't even try to brake, no stop, just hit him, ran him over and kept going," said William Benavides, Guillermo Banavides's son.
Benavides had just finished his last day of work for the year and was looking forward to spending the holidays with his family.
He suffered multiple broken bones and internal injuries in the crash but didn't have any brain damage because he was wearing his helmet.
William Benavides said his father talked to paramedics about his beloved family and grandchildren all the way to University Hospital, and then passed out when he reached the emergency room. He never regained consciousness.
Benavides spent 18 days in the hospital before his family made the tough decision to remove him from life support this past Sunday.
"Most of his organs and his body, they weren't responding anymore," Benavides said. "It was a tough decision but no more suffering and pain."
As the family prepares for his funeral, police are still trying to track down the driver who hit Benavides and fled the scene, leaving him to die in the street.
Witnesses didn't get a good look at the driver but they were able to give officers a detailed description of the car, some of which was left behind at the scene.
"Witnesses are saying right now it was a silver Chrysler 300," Benavides said. "I would imagine the whole front end came off because they found the bumper. I'm not sure yet if they got the license."
The Benavides family is asking anyone who knows about the accident or has seen the damaged vehicle to contact police.
"We're hurting and we would just like any help, any information," Benavides said. "Someone who might live next to (the driver) or might know or seen anything. Any news is good news."
A viewing for Guillermo Benavides is set for Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Mission Park Funeral Home located at 3401 Cherry Ridge.
A funeral mass will be held at St. Gregory Catholic Church on Friday at 10 a.m.