FAIRFIELD -- Police are searching for the driver who struck and killed a 39-year-old man in Fairfield and drove away.
Ricky Acosta’s body was found lying in the street. On the busy Fairfield road, a memorial of flowers and candles was growing in his honor.
“It’s going to be a hole in my heart for the rest of my life,” said Cheryl Shores, Acosta’s mother. “I just know my son is in God’s loving arms.”
Police say a vehicle hit Acosta Thursday morning on East Travis Boulevard and Centennial Drive, killing him.
Acosta’s mother said he left her house just before 6:15 in the morning. He was walking to the store and made it less than a block before he was hit.
Just before 6:40 a.m., police got the call that Acosta’s body was in the roadway.
“What hurts the most about it is the fact that they left him like he didn’t matter, but he was the world to us. It’s just one of those things," said Acosta’s niece, Annalissa Muscat. "At least stop to help and make it mean something. Like, you know, own up to what you did."
Muscat visited the street where her uncle died to remember him.
“That man would give the shirt off of his back to anybody," she said. "He would take the time. Even if he had nothing, his last $3, he would buy somebody off the street chips or whatever he could afford."
Police are investigating but do not have a vehicle description or suspect information to go on.
The family just prays the person responsible comes forward.
“Having whoever did this just know what they did was a big loss for us. Just to feel it and to know that you took something really amazing from us,” Muscat expressed.
Acosta is survived by his four kids.
If you know anything about this hit-and-run, please call Fairfield Police.