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Mother of hit-and-run victim asking for public's help

7:20 AM, Jul 29, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Two months after burying her son, a local mother is still seeking answers about the night he was killed. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says 25-year-old Michael England was killed in a hit-and-run May 18.

"It's very devastating," said Bridget Massie, Michael's mother. "I just don't know how you can hit a 195 pound man and not know that you did not hit them and flee the scene. I just don't understand."

Massie is asking the public to say something if they know something. She says her son was walking back home from hanging out with friends at around 4 a.m. that Saturday.

"They had went to breakfast and he decided he was going to walk home because we had things to do the next day and I figured okay he'll show up. Well 10 o'clock, I got that message that he wasn't going to show up," said Massie. 

A detective knocked on Massie's door to tell her that her son was found lying in the roadway at the intersection of Pitts and Slay Roads. 

Massie says England used to cut through Pitts Road to walk home from a friend's house, but police told her an unknown driver hit him from behind and fled the scene.

"I had just heard that he had been hit and ran over, so I know that every bone in his body was broke from it," said Massie.

She says her son was looking forward to going to his little brother's high school graduation. Massie says he was working with a metal company at the time and enjoyed being with his family and friends.

"It's hard to understand what it's like unless it's your family, your child, but it's devastating," said Donald Massie, Michael's stepfather. "You're not supposed to bury your children and the person responsible should come forward. I can't see how they have a clear conscience."

Anyone with information on the identity or location of a possible suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

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