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Police Release Car Description In Fatal Hit & Run

DENVER (CBS4) - Police now have a description of a car involved in a deadly hit and run Tuesday morning.

Police are looking for a silver Toyota Camry with front end damage. The victim's family hopes someone will see that car and come forward.

The brother and other family members of 42-year-old Valentino Abeyta stood together just feet from the busy street where their loved one was killed. They showed up at South Federal Boulevard and Harvard Avenue Tuesday afternoon to leave flowers and candles.

"He was a great person had a great personality...we loved him a lot," said Abeyta's brother.

family of Valentino Abeyta, hit & run victim
(credit: CBS)

Denver police said around 2 a.m. on Tuesday Valentino was hit by a car on South Federal near West Harvard. The driver who hit him did not stop.

"Anybody that don't have the courage to stop and call for help, call 911…it's just a ruthless thing for them to do," said Abeyta's brother.

It's unfortunately become all too common.

Denver police responded to 8 fatal runs last year... And have already seen two in the first two months of this year.

"It is a concern, we always look for ways to improve in getting information out to the community, to put out safety tips to make sure that pedestrians and drivers know that if they are involved in an accident to please stay at the scene," explained Raquel Lopez of the Denver Police Department.

According to his brother, Valentino lived in the area, but it is still unclear even to his family why he was out at that time of night.

Right now the family is concerned with finding justice and saying goodbye, "He's going to be missed."

The car police are looking for is described as a silver Toyota Camry, the year could be between 2007 to 2011, with front end damage to the lower right side.

Anyone with information is asked to call police or crime stoppers.

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