Family identifies man killed in hit-and-run on Highland Avenue and Thomas Street

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Victim of hit-and-run, Danny Hand (CREDIT: WINK News)

Family identifies man killed in hit-and-run on Highland Avenue and Thomas Street on Saturday morning.

Family members said the victim killed is 61-year-old Danny Hand.

Fort Myers police are searching for a vehicle involved in a deadly hit-and-run crash.

A pedestrian was struck in the area of Highland Avenue and Thomas Street just after 3:30 a.m., police said.

Police are looking for a white Toyota Avalon between the years 2013 to 2018.

Fort Myers police shared this photo of what a vehicle involved in a deadly hit-and-run crash could look like. (CREDIT: Fort Myers Police Department)

The vehicle will have damage to the passenger side, including missing the wheel well liner and the passenger side mirror could be damaged or missing.

WINK News spoke with Hand’s son, Lawrence Kafus who just wants justice for his father’s death.

Kafus said that it was his dad that was killed in that hit-and-run.

“I just want justice. I just want justice for our family. I mean, we understand mistakes happen. You know what I mean? It was an accident; it was an accident. You could’ve stopped. I mean, just left him there, lying there like an animal. It’s just, it’s just not right,” Kafus said.

Kafus said Hand was more than just his dad.

“It’s sad because me and him work together. You know, not only is my father, he’s like, my close friend of mine. So, I mean, we share a lot together. You know, I’m his only son,” Kafus said.

Hand did have a criminal history, but Kafus said his dad turned his life around.

“He wasn’t perfect, but at the end of the day, you know, hey, we all make mistakes in life. But he turned his life around, you know, he was working out there with me at Architecture Metal Flashing, you know? This a lot. It took a lot from my family,” Kafus said.

Kafus is hoping someone will come forward with answers.

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