Family, friends of hit-and-run victim asking public to come forward with information

PHOENIX (FOX 10) - Family and friends of a man killed in a hit-and-run are pleading to the public to come forward as police continue to search for leads.

According to friends, 47-year-old David Markham was battling a disabling disease, but he always kept a smile on his face. His loved ones want answers and want the suspect caught.

"The poor guy, he could barely walk," said friend Scott Hammond.

Hammond never thought the customer who came into his story nearly every day would eventually become a friend. The owner of Desert Swirl says 47-year-old Markham lived with multiple sclerosis but was determined to keep walking, always making sure to say hi over a cup of coffee - walking from his nearby home to get there.

"He was a regular," Hammond said. "He was. In fact, the days he wouldn't show up, I got worried about him."

But on the night of March 20, just before 8 p.m., police say Markham crossed 43rd Avenue just north of Thunderbird Road when a car heading southbound ran into him, with his parents hearing the deadly crash a block and a half away.

"They found out he was hit by a car by looking over and seeing him laying in the street with his walker there," Hammond said.

According to police, the suspected vehicle is a dark four-door Sedan, possibly a Honda or Nissan. Investigators say the car slowed down just before speeding off. Markham died at the hospital.

Hammon says his staff took the news hard. They truly enjoyed Markham's company and positive outlook on life, despite his condition.

"David didn't deserve that," Hammond said, "He really didn't deserve that and that's why somebody's gotta step forward and be a human being."

If you have any information on the suspect's vehicle, you're asked to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.