PD: Man walking on sidewalk hit, killed by vehicle

PHOENIX (FOX 10) — Phoenix Police are looking for the driver who left the scene of an accident that killed a man walking on the sidewalk.

Police say Steven Hoffman Jr., 37, was walking on the sidewalk near 23rd Avenue and Dunlap just after midnight Tuesday when a Ford Expedition, possibly dark green, drifted onto the sidewalk and hit Hoffman. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

"My brother was a great guy," said the victim's sister, Nicole Smith. "He would give the shirt off his back, emotions on his sleeve."

The driver failed to stop and continued driving, turning south on 19th Avenue.

"We're trying to come together and remember who Steven was and what he would want us to do, and that's to be a family and take care of each other," said Nicole.

The victim one day wanted to have a family of his own.

"He wanted nothing more than to be loved. He never found that love, unfortunately. He wanted to be a dad. He was a dad to his nephews. He was good at it," said Nicole.

Now, the family wants the driver of the Ford Expedition to find it in their hearts to turn themselves in to police.

"Accidents happen. We can forgive that, but please come forward. We just want to know. We want accountability," said Nicole.

Anyone with information should leave an anonymous tip by calling Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS. Spanish speakers can leave an anonymous tip by calling Testigo Silencioso at 480-TESTIGO.

Si tiene alguna información sobre este caso, llame a la línea de Testigo Silencioso (480-TESTIGO, 480-837-8446).

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