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Family of man killed in hit and run speaks

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Updated: 2/21 11:38 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Nearly 24 hours after a popular local DJ was killed on U.S. 1 in St. Augustine, police still don't know who's responsible.

Maribell Salazar is heartbroken. Her twin brother, Juan Salazar, was driving his scooter home from work early Friday morning, when he hit a telephone pole that was across the road. He was thrown 40 feet into traffic.

Police say a white or silver 2006-2008 Mazda 6 sedan first knocked the pole down, but the driver took off, warning no one. The car was identified from debris left at the scene.

Moments later, a truck towing a trailer also hit the pole, and then ran over Salazar. That driver stopped and spoke briefly to a witness but then also took off, never calling for help.

"How do they make it to sleep? I'm not sure how I'm going to go my life after this! They ruin my life," says Maribell Salazar.

Salazar's friends and family tell me, it's frustrating. Juan, also known as DJ Mafia who regularly worked at Alcapulco's in St. Augustine, had a reputation for helping strangers without asking for anything in return, but on Friday morning no one stayed to help him.

"It's a lot worse when they just run," says Salazar's friend Nicole Ortiz. "They just leave. It's not fair!"

Now, they're pleading for those responsible to come forward, and admit they did wrong.

"I need justice for my brother," says Salazar.

Police spoke to the driver of the truck Friday afternoon, after a witness provided a partial tag number. He has not been charged, because police have not determined if Salazar was killed when his scooter hit the pole, or when hit by the truck. Police say they plan to complete their investigation and then consult the state attorney's office regarding all possible charges.

If you have any information to identify the driver of the Mazda involved, call the St. Augustine Police Department at (904) 825-1070. Police say the car will have heavy front-end damage.



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nativejax - 2/22/2014 10:56 PM
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It not right to turn this around on the victim, imtellin... And in defense of ALL scooter/motorcycle riders, If people would OPEN their eyes and put down the cell phones, THEY WOULD SEE THEM. AND I would rather see unlicensed scooter riders out on the road than a sorry ass pos DRUNK behind the wheel.

JustMe - 2/22/2014 9:05 AM
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To imtellin: According to your momma at the trailer park, you have no right to be here. She said you were a failed abortion. Haaahaa! How do you like that? I know her too!

imtellin - 2/22/2014 7:10 AM
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well juan was all turned around then,, as alcupulco is almost 1/2 mile north & 1/4 mile east of his location... and he was heading northbound, after having had to travel south & west to get to that location where he was killed ?? there isn't anything open in that area at that area of the morning, so why was he there ??? it asks more questions than it answers... and add to it the fact this beaner was scooting around town at 2:00 am on a scooter, which are difficult to see in good light,, much lees at that hour !!! and what is a grown man doing on a scooter with all those drunks driving at that hour ??? did ol juan have a license ??? did he have a right to be here in the 1st place ???and if he had no license then he had no right to be on a scooter !!!!

Truthseeker - 2/22/2014 5:59 AM
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It seems like hit and runs are getting to be a bigger problem in this town than shootings and that is saying something!
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