Family searches for answers following hit and run

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- A Valley family is still searching for answers after one of their loved ones became the victim of a fatal hit and run.

On August 2, 34-year-old Jeffrey Schmaltz was found dead in the middle of Bell Road near 40th Street.

“It’s been really hard, I was with him almost every weekend,” said Schmaltz’s sister, Cheri Bradberry.

Schmaltz’s friends and family came together on Saturday to remember a “really great guy,” and raise money for his funeral.

While those who loved Schmaltz are still trying to come to grips with their loss, police are trying to determine who was responsible for the hit and run.

Schmaltz was reportedly involved in a fight at a bar prior to being hit by a car, but it’s not known if that incident is related to his death.

“It makes me unsettled, like my stomach’s really upset over it, that somebody could take somebody’s life,” stated Bradberry.