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Family of motorcyclist killed in hit-and-run pleas for answers

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On September 19 around 6:30 p.m. near Kingshighway and Hallows Avenue, someone driving a dark, red-colored car slammed into Thomas Hornbeak’s motorcycle, killing him. (Credit: Hornbeak family). On September 19 around 6:30 p.m. near Kingshighway and Hallows Avenue, someone driving a dark, red-colored car slammed into Thomas Hornbeak’s motorcycle, killing him. (Credit: Hornbeak family).

WASHINGTON PARK, Ill. (KMOV.com) – Police are searching for answers after a driver crashed into a motorcyclist and left him to die.

On September 19 around 6:30 p.m. near Kingshighway and Hallows Avenue, someone driving a dark, red-colored car slammed into Thomas Hornbeak’s motorcycle, killing him.

Jessica Garcia, Hornbeak’s niece, says she misses him dearly.

“You know it's just terrible. I'm just going to miss him. I’m never going to get to see him again,” said Garcia.

Washington Park police say they need help finding the person who killed Garcia's uncle. 

Tony Tomlinson, Police Chief of the Washington Park Police Department, says the driver dragged Hornbeak for several feet, then backed up, turned around and drove off. Chief Tomlinson said he is looking over the possible license plate of the car, and is hopeful he will make an arrest. He had a message for the suspect.

“Take a deep breath come turn yourself in and sit down. Talk about what happened. Tell us your side of the story, and let's move forward,” said Chief Tomlinson.

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