Friends and Family of Hit & Run Victim Make a Plea to Suspected Driver

, Written by RaeAnn Christensen, Posted: Wed, October 30 2013 at 8:45 PM, Updated: Wed, October 30 2013 at 8:59 PM

"I saw my friend in the middle of the road."

It was a night Rhino Prince will never forget.

He says "if you can imagine the worst thing that you've ever seen, this is it. It's as senseless tragedy."

Prince and his best friend 21-year-old Jarred Houston were in his SUV broken down on the side of Highway 199 early Wednesday morning about two miles South of Cave Junction.

41-year-old Robert Calvin was walking in the area with his wife. That's when some sort of fight broke out between the two men.

"They were supposedly in the southbound lanes and that's when an unknown vehicle that was southbound hit both the men killing them instantly on the scene," says Sgt. Jeff Proulx of the Oregon State Police.

Prince say "The car just took off, didn't hesitate to stop, just kept going like nothing had happened."

Sgt. Proulx says that because the men were in the middle of the roadway, there more than likely wouldn't have been any criminal charges had they stopped.

He says, "Now they've killed two people and left the scene of the crime, that's a crime in it of itself. So ya there will be criminal charges against this person."

Criminal charges may be filed but for family of Jarred, it will never bring him back.

Daniel his older brother says "it's my little brother ya know I cant imagine him going before me."

They send a message to the driver that hit and killed their brother and friend.

Prince says "I'd like to see that person turn themselves in, if you're a human being how can you live with yourself."

Daniel says "there's not going to be any closure until you come forward."

The suspect vehicle is described as a light colored, beige or tan 1980s style single cab Toyota Pickup with a matching color canopy, and will have front end damage.

If you have any information - call police.

An account has been set up under Jarred's name at Washington Federal, if you would like to help the family with funeral expenses.

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