Hit and Run Still Unsolved

By: Shannon Smith Email
By: Shannon Smith Email

FREEPORT (WIFR) -- Four months after a Freeport man was killed in a hit and run accident, family and friends plan to honor Jimmy Whitehead on his birthday.

It's hard for Ebonee Newton to smile. Her support wasn't enough, as her cousin Jimmy Whitehead fought for his life in the hospital.

"We didn't care what way we brought him back home as long as he was alive,” said Whitehead’s cousin.

It's been four months since Jimmy was killed while walking on walnut street in Freeport.

"Our family is really close-knit. What really happened to him we don't know and that's the hardest part to live with," Newton said.
Police say not a lot of evidence was left at the scene and still haven't caught the driver.

“It is possible that the person who struck Mr. Whitehead didn't realize it," said Jeffrey Davis, Freeport Police Deputy Chief.

Police urge the community to help give the family closure by calling them if they have any information. For now, the family can only hope someone comes forward.

Davis says they've looked into a few tips, but have yet to find anything.

The family is holding a vigil for Whitehead at his home in Freeport tonight at 535 South Iroquois. The vigil starts at 6pm.

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