Family pleads for help in hit and run

May 26, 2008 4:51:26 PM PDT
A family in Queens is pleading for help to find a driver involved in a deadly hit-and-run accident. Yone Auxilly was killed Friday night while walking to a taxi stand. A 1-year-old boy in his arms miraculous survived.

Eyewitness News reporter Joe Torres spoke with the family and has more.

Margerie Auxilly spent her Memorial Day remembering her son, Yone, killed not on the battlefields of Iraq, but on a highway in Queens. He was the victim of a hit-and-run driver.

"Every day, he reminded me that he loved me," she said. "Every day."

Friday night, just before 11, the 28-year-old was walking along Sunrise Highway in Rosedale. Auxilly was with a female friend, and he was holding her baby boy. They had just left the Green Acres Mall and were heading to a nearby taxi stand when the driver fatally struck Auxilly. The little boy flew out of his arms and landed safely in some bushes.

On Monday, a baby bottle and a roadside memorial mark the spot where Auxilly died. Not far away is an electronic sign displaying the police department's request for eyewitness information.

Investigators found New York license plate DVH1449 at the scene. It is registered to a 2000 Nissan Maxima owned by a 29-year-old man from Roosevelt. But it is unclear whether he was behind the wheel when the car cut short the life of a beloved son, brother and uncle from Queens.