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Man in wheelchair killed in hit-and-run

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Updated: 10/28/2013 11:59 pm
MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- Law enforcement is actively searching for a driver who killed a man in a wheelchair in Middleburg and took off. The family is pleading for whoever killed the man to come forward.

Gone to soon: Those are the words of Christopher Strickland's family after he was killed by a driver that never looked back.

"He was always worried about us, never worried about himself. He always made sure we were taken care of," said his sister, Dana Strickland.

Dana Strickland recounted the memories of her brother, who lived with her for the past year.

Police said Christopher Strickland was in his wheelchair headed down North Mimosa Avenue when he was hit and thrown into a ditch.

Police said investigators determined he was hit by a vehicle, but right now, they aren't sure of the type or color of the vehicle that killed him. Strickland was hit on Oct. 20 and died on Oct. 25.

"There's nothing worst than putting your head on your son's chest and you're crying as his life is slipping out of him and saying, 'Oh my God, just somebody please do something,'" said Lori Strickland.

Action News spoke with the victim's mother on the phone, and her emotions are still running high.

"I want to look at the man that basically killed my son, or woman, and say to them, 'Why did you leave him that way? Why couldn't you just have stayed?" said Lori Strickland.

"We always told him to be careful," said Dana Strickland.

Dana Strickland said he even traveled with a light so people could see him in his wheelchair.

She said he was hit in a car accident 12 years ago and paralyzed from the chest down.

"I mean, even if you didn't see him, you always stop if you hit something," said Dana Strickland.

Strickland's family said they hope whoever did this will get the courage to turn in himself or herself.

"Just imagine all the suffering and pain that you are going through of the not knowing why, just why," said Lori Strickland.

Police said they are following up with all possible leads to find out who is responsible.

"We're trying to put closure to the family and just trying to find who's at fault for this," Sgt. Dylan Bryan with the Florida Highway Patrol.

FHP is now leading the investigation. Bryan is asking anyone with information to come forward.
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