Family of Peoria hit-and-run victim speaks out

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PEORIA -- The Centennial High School senior who was the victim of a hit-and-run driver in Peoria died of his injuries Sunday.

Joey Romero, 18, was hit late Friday night as he was walking home from his job at a 99-cent Only Store near Thunderbird Road and 83rd Avenue. Police believe Romero was on the sidewalk when he was hit.

The driver left the scene.

"I think she was a coward to get out of the car and look at him and take off," said Emma Romero, Joey's mother. "Nobody --I don't care who it is -- deserves to die like that."

Police released a description of the suspect vehicle -- a 2002 or 2003 light-colored Chevy Trailblazer with a bug deflector and a charcoal-colored grill.

Romero's co-workers asked anybody who knew anything about the wreck to call the police.

"Justice has to be served. That's what we're hoping for," said Pablo Castro, who usually gives Romero a ride home. "Somebody has to come forward. Somebody knows something."

Thanks to several tips from the public, investigators were able to identify the driver. They also found and impounded the Trailblazer.

No arrests have been made this point.

Police are continuing to investigate.