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Car involved in deadly hit and run found after city-wide hunt

The city-wide search for a car involved in a deadly hit and run came to an end Sunday night.

The city-wide search for a car involved in a deadly hit and run came to an end Sunday night.

A neighbor saw the car in a plot of desert near Dyer Street. The neighbor, Tony Cuseo, said he called 911 and they told him the car he found was involved in the deadly hit and run crash that killed motorcyclist, Raymone Calhoun.

“Just driving down the road looking off into the desert and I just kind of see something out of the ordinary that doesn’t belong,” Cuseo said.

Police have been on the hunt for the car since the crash at the intersection of Elm and Savannah on October 4.

Cuseo said he saw it three days ago and didn’t think anything of it. Until he saw it again today, that’s when he decided to call police.

“A few minutes later, local PD called me and I showed them where it was. It just so happens that it was involved in a situation last week that I was not even aware of. But now I’m glad I was able to do a part and help to solve the situation,” Cuseo explained.

Raymone’s family just buried him this weekend. On Sunday, they heard the news from reporter Ashley Claster, who was at the scene of the crash on Oct. 4 and interviewed the family on Oct. 5.

“My first reaction is, I’m glad,” said Melissa Banks, Raymone’s Aunt. “I’m glad because that means we are closing in. Because when you get to that point where you feel like you have to start ditching your vehicle as opposed to turning yourself in, you are really running at this point.”

“At the funeral I guess you kind of get a certain type of closure. You kind of see the body of everything and you start to close the book a little bit,” said Raymone’s first cousin, Phillip Banks Jr. “Considering that it was a hit and run though, there’s always that missing piece to the end of the story.”

They said they will get more closure once the driver is found. Raymone’s mom, Vanessa Mitchell, says that driver didn’t need to leave her son like a dog.

“They didn’t have to leave my son for dead. He was doing nothing to nobody. Then they left him there like a dog on the street,” Mitchell said.

“He was just really happy guy. And I just wish that whoever did this would turn themselves in,” said Raymone’s cousin Aundrea Banks through tears. “I don’t understand what kind of person would just hit somebody and leave them for dead.”

The family said they are grateful for the neighbor who stepped up to call it in.

“Thank you. I thank him a million. It makes us as a family feel really good that there are good people out there who do the right thing,” Melissa Banks said. “For them to find the vehicle, that really makes me glad. It feels like my prayers are being answered.”

The family wants to send a message to anyone who knows the driver that they should encourage him to do the right thing and turn himself in.

“Confess. Say you did it. Turn yourself in,” Phillip Banks Jr. said.

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