Driver sought in deadly West Islip hit and run

July 19, 2012 3:33:00 AM PDT
What was at first thought to be an accidental hit and run on Long Island may have been intentional, and the victim's family is pleading for anyone with information to come forward and offer them some semblance of comfort.

"I have to go to my son's grave every day," Ronald Nelson said. "As a parent, that's not what I want."

A whole new life was forced on Ronald after the death of his son, Jason.

The 26-year-old was hit and killed by a car three weeks ago on a residential street in West Islip after he had been hanging out at his girlfriend's house.

"She had told me that he died in her arms," Ronald Nelson said. "He had a heartbeat. His eyes were open. He was having trouble breathing. So at least that's the only good thing that comes from this, that my son didn't die alone."

Police now have new information that leads them to believe that Jason's death was no accident. They say right before he was hit, he may have gotten into a brief verbal fight with whomever was in the car that hit him.

"Please, if anybody knows anything, please let us know," Jason's sister, Ashley, said. "We're hurting."

Ronald said that his son had really been getting his life together. He added that Jason was always proud of the work he was doing at his construction job, and had recently received more responsibilities at work.

"Somebody is out there, walking around, who killed my son," he said. "He really, really, really was pushing his life. He just kept pushing and pushing. He was never satisfied."

Neighbors say that Jason was standing under a street light wearing a white T-shirt when he was hit, which is why they are also suspicious about how this all happened.

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