Wife wants answers after PSL man killed in hit-and-run: “these people are going to pay”
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (CBS 12) —
Saturday night, just after eight o’clock, a man was hit by a car and killed in St. Lucie County.
35-year-old Danilo Bicalho Dos Reis was hit on NW Airoso Boulevard.
His wife, Karine Pinheiro, got the call later that night.
“I was just so devastated. I just couldn’t believe,” said Pinheiro.
Pinheiro said she lives in Brazil but her husband was working on a construction project in Port St. Lucie to send money back to his family.
They have an eleven-year-old daughter and a seven-year-old son. Pinheiro said she didn’t get the courage to tell them what happened to their father until Monday, even though he was killed on Saturday.
“I think she didn’t swallow the idea yet but my son he cried,” said Pinheiro.
She said Reis was walking home from the gas station on Saturday night when he was hit.
Neighbors tell me they didn’t see the crash but saw the aftermath.
“I seen a guy laying in the middle of the street over there,” said Christopher Green.
He lives across the street from where it happened. He said he pulled up after deputies arrived.
“I was pulling up and they had the road blocked off. On one side they had it all blocked off and the other side they had one lane open,” said Green.
He said there should be lights on streets in the area.
“People walk up and down the street all the time so they need to put a couple more street lights out here so people could be seen crossing the street,” said Green.
Macen, also lives across the street. However, he got on the scene before deputies got there.
He said he was inside his home when he saw a car outside with flashers on.
“So I figured I'd give my assistance to help out in case they needed a tow truck or something,” said Macen.
But when he got close, he saw something he didn’t expect.
“I started to cross the street here, I seen a body on the ground,” said Macen.
He said the driver of the car he saw didn’t initially hit Reis.
“He was heading the direction the body was on and cause it was dark didn't see him and he ran over his leg,” said Macen.
Deputies said drivers in two cars stopped, checked on Reis and then left the scene.
One was described as a newer model, blue four-door car, and the other a red- burgundy car. Deputies are trying to locate them both. They said they’re reviewing surveillance cameras in the area to help track the drivers down.
“We really need to make sure that these people are going to pay for what they’ve done to my husband,” said Pinheiro.
If you know anything about what happened, call the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office at (772) 462-7300 or Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at (800) 273-8477.