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Family urges fatal hit and run drivers to turn themselves in

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –New information in a hit and run that killed an Albany man who could not hear or speak.

Within the last hour Albany Police issued an additional lookout for the kind of cars that may have been involved.

They're now looking for a 1992 to 1999 red or burgundy Oldsmobile Delta 88 or a 91 to 97 red or burgundy Olds Regency 98.

66-year old Roosevelt Coley was hit by two cars in downtown Albany Saturday.

His relatives want the drivers who hit him to turn themselves in.

66 year old Roosevelt Coley's family members are still in shock that the drivers of the two cars that struck and killed him have not turned themselves in. His sister says their conscience should make them step forward.

Coley's sister Louise Byrd said "I couldn't live with nothing like that. If I knew I did it I'd have to turn myself in. So whoever did it, just turn yourself in."

Coley, who could not hear or speak, was struck by two cars just after 8 Saturday night, as he walked in the busy crosswalk on West Oglethorpe Boulevard at North Jefferson.

Albany Police Sergeant William Dowdell said "The first vehicle which we believe was a 12994-97 red Toyota Corolla, struck him with the passenger side mirror. Those parts and debris were found in the roadway. Knocked him down. As he was trying to get up, the second vehicle struck him and the second vehicle is actually what killed him."

His sisters and nieces say most people in downtown Albany knew the man they called Uncle Buddy. He lived at the Hudson Malone Towers, and walked everywhere he went.

Byrd said "Everybody in Albany knew him. He was a good man. I just don't understand why somebody would hit him like that and keep going."

Niece Vivian Whitehead said "Something like that happen in their family, they gonna want justice. Just like we want justice."

The crosswalk where Coley died is extremely busy and dangerous. It was also raining and dark when he was struck. Police say they can't determine whether criminal charges will be filed until they talk to the drivers to get their side of the story. Family members urge the drivers to do the right thing.

Niece Vivian Coley said "Whoever did this to my Uncle, they need to come forward. Because they can't live out there with that."

A family looking for closure, as they grieve the sudden death of a much loved Uncle.

A witness says the second car that hit Coley was an S-U-V, maybe a Mercury Mountainer.

If you have any information, call Albany Police at 431-2100  or Crimestoppers at 436-TIPS.

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