Mother of hit and run victim pleads for answers

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by Chelsea Rabideau

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 3, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 3 at 6:42 PM

NEW ALBANY – Visitation was held Tuesday for the man killed by a hit and run driver last week in New Albany.

As 24-year-old Richard Bennett’s friends and family gather to remember his life, police are still searching for the driver who killed him. His sudden death left his family searching for answers. His mother issued an emotional plea to the person who hit her son on Charlestown Road.

Just before the New Year’s weekend, a driver hit Ricky Bennett while he was walking on Charlestown Road. That driver took off and left Bennett’s mother asking desperate questions.

"I need to know why you left him. Why didn't you stop? He may not have been gone. You could have saved his life maybe. I'm not out to blame, I just want answers. It could've been an accident, but I need to know," said Dwanna Rainbolt, just before visitation started for her son.

She hopes his friends will remember him for what he was in life, not the horrible way he died.

"He was a good kid. He had a good heart, you know, he messed up, just like everybody else, but he didn't deserve this. Not this way…He loved to laugh, he loved to have fun, you know, all about life,” she said.

The New Albany Police Department continues to get phone calls about the hit and run, but none of them have led to the person who hit Bennett and drove away.

“Just please, if you runned over my son, please help. If anybody knows anything, if you have any information, please help.”

Visitation will last until 8 Tuesday night at the Spring Valley Funeral Home in New Albany. The funeral will be Wednesday, January 4 at 2 p.m.

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