Valley family asks for public's help after deadly hit-and-run

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A grieving Valley family and Glendale police are asking for the public's help in tracking down the hit-and-run driver who struck and killed a 24-year-old autistic man near 57th Avenue and Thunderbird Road early Wednesday morning.

The family of victim Brandon Montemayor on Thursday described their son and brother as a loving young man who was a friend to everyone, even when people were not always kind to him.

"All he ever really wanted was to have friends and be happy," according to mom Stacey Allen.

"He cared about people who didn't care about him," said older brother Dustin Montemayor. "I have never met anyone else like that."

According to his family, Brandon Montemayor was walking from the home of his brother's to his sister's condo just before 5 a.m. Wednesday when he was struck while in the crosswalk at 57th Drive and Thunderbird Road. The driver did not stop.

"We have very little to go on," Glendale police spokeswoman Officer Tracey Breeden told me today. "We don't have a vehicle description. We don't have a suspect description."

Brandon Montemayor's family and Glendale police now asking anyone who may have seen or heard anything in the area early Wednesday to step forward.

"I'm not here to judge," Allen said. "I just need closure."

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