Family of Hit and Run Victim Speaks Out

By: Jorge Rodas Email
By: Jorge Rodas Email

ROCKFORD (WIFR) – The mother of a man who police say was left to die after a go cart accident Friday is speaking out for the first time begging to driver who fled the scene to come forward.

Tavantez McAdory was only 28 years old and his family says even though his life ended so abruptly, they aren't angry at the person responsible for his death. The family just wants that person to do the right thing.

“He was a fun loving type of person,” said Maria Brandl. She’s McAdory’s mother. She said, “every day I’m going to miss him.”

As she mourns the death of her son, she and her family are left wondering how someone could have left the 28 year old McAdory for dead in the street.

“That was my only son,” she said. “For him to get hit like that and the person just keeps going and leaves him for dead… I just don’t see how a person can do a person that way.”

Police say Tevantez McAdory died instantly Friday when an SUV slammed into the go cart he was driving on Blaisdell Street. Investigators say the driver sped away leaving the local father to die. A makeshift memorial now sits near where he was killed.

“We don’t look for any hostility,” said McAdory’s best friend Kenneth Prunty. “We all make mistakes but we have to be held accountable. That’s all me and the family are asking [for].”

McAdory’s family and friends gathered at his home. They say they can’t believe he’s gone and as they try to figure out how to move forward, they can’t help but relive memories of a man they say left a lasting impact on everyone he met.

“I miss him. We want him back…we can’t have him back,” said Prunty.

Family members spent today making funeral arraignments.

There are no suspects in custody. The SUV involved is described as a dark colored Mazda with damage to the driver side front bumper. Police say the go cart McAdory was driving was not street legal and he was not wearing a helmet.

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