Exclusive: Family mourns loss at hand of hit-and-run driver

Exclusive: Family morns loss at hands of hit-and-run driver. (WPEC)

Often fighting tears, the niece of a hit-and-run victim on Tuesday, asked for the public’s help catching the driver who struck her uncle in downtown West Palm Beach, and drove off.

“He’s just done so much for me personally, and our family,” said Linn Guerrero-Justice, speaking of 47-year old Paul McKee, who died after being hit by a small SUV Sunday night at the intersection of Quadrille Boulevard and Hibiscus Street.

“He showed up to our wedding, to the venue, three hours early, just to see what he could do to help,” said Guerrero, adding her uncle was just like that.

Guerrero-Justice spoke in Knoxville, Tennessee, where McKee is from.

McKee, with his wife and 12-year old son, was in West Palm Beach on business and a mini-vacation.

Guerrero-Justice said her uncle and aunt were returning from getting groceries, crossing Quadrille.

That’s when West Palm Beach Police say a light-colored Mazda Tribute, probably from 2007, plowed into the couple. The driver kept on going.

McKee was killed, his wife hospitalized.

Back in Tennessee, McKee’s 23-year old daughter and son-in-law are expecting a baby in February.

“My Uncle Paul will never see his granddaughter, or get to finish raising his son,” Guerrero-Justice sobbed.

West Palm Beach Police say witnesses described the driver as an African-American woman, middle aged, with short hair, possibly curls.

Guerrero-Justice asked for anyone with knowledge of the vehicle or driver to please come forward.

“If they know anybody that matches this description,” Guerrero-Justice said. “Because we need to find out who did this.”

Guerrero-Justice said her aunt remained hospitalized with serious injuries, but she said the family was believing for a full recovery.

Police have said the Mazda Tribute likely has a cracked windshield.

If you have information, call West Palm Beach Police at (561) 822-1900.

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