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Victim's family shattered in wake of St. Louis' second hit-and-run this week

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- For the second time this week, St. Louis area police are looking for the driver responsible for a serious hit-and-run accident.

The latest case left a man in a wheelchair seriously injured. The 67-year old man was hit while using his electric wheelchair late Thursday night on New Halls Ferry near Chambers in north St. Louis County.

Bystanders surrounded the man, blocking traffic until emergency crews arrived. Police say their actions likely saved the man's life.

Investigators tell News 4 the suspect's vehicle may be a black Chevy Impala with front end damage.

In St. Louis, another family is begging for their loved one's killer to turn themselves in.

A driver hit 27-year-old Jaron Butler last weekend and then drove off, leaving him to die in the middle of the street.

“He was a great father. A great friend. He'd give his last if he had it,” said Butler’s brother-in-law. “He'd still make some type of way to give it to you.”

Butler’s family is shattered; and Simmons, who had been inseparable from Butler for 12 years, is devastated.

“I feel like I'm lost without him,” Simmons said. “The family is feeling lost.”

Just days before, Butler was in the process of planning his wedding. Now, his family is planning his funeral.

“We don't have the questions answered to why it happened. We don't know how it happened. We don't know none of that,” said Simmons.

Right now police are working to figure it out. All they know is that someone hit jaron while speeding north on Hall approaching Bimblin last Saturday. That driver hasn't been seen since.

“A man with no heart. A man with no soul. You would think as humans were born with conscience,” Simmons said of the suspect. He’s hoping someone out there can help.

“Anybody who knows any type of details just come forward,” he pleaded. “Give the family some closure.”

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS (8477).

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