Family speaks out after fatal hit and run

October 26, 2011 5:08:15 AM PDT
Lillie Simpson, 76, was clearly not ready to speak of her son in the past tense.

His death was so abrupt and so senseless.

"Please turn yourself in. Let me know you didn't mean it," Simpson said.

Around 11 p.m. Monday, 43-year-old Ronald Simpson was heading out to the store when he was blindsided by a livery cab.

It happened on East 163rd Street at 3rd Avenue in the Morrisania section of the Bronx.

According to police, the cabbie fled the scene.

"It was an accident. You didn't mean to hit him, but you kept going. Not nice at all," Simpson said.

Shortly after the hit and run, a private sanitation truck struck hit Simpson again.

Eyewitness News is told the truck driver stopped and waited for help to arrive, but two blows by two vehicles proved too much for Simpson.

He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

"On behalf of Simpson family, I would like to thank driver of truck. The driver who hit him first time, please turn yourself in," said Deborah Williams, the victim's sister.

The victim leaves behind five children, and the youngest is only 5 years old.

Rodney Simpson lost his twin brother.

"Ten times better than me. We will miss him," Rodney Simpson said.