Family of Chesterfield hit-and-run victim speaks

CHESTERFIELD, Mo. - The search continues for the driver who struck and killed a man walking in Chesterfield.

His family says Roy Joseph used to live in Chicago and walked everywhere. When he moved to Chesterfield a couple of years ago, he kept up that habit. He was heading out to dinner at around five Tuesday night, but he never came home.

Roy Joseph was starting over. The communications professor, left the windy city a few years ago to move to Chesterfield to live with family and follow his passion, writing.

"He's written poetry, he has written short essays, he's gotten so many rewards related to that," said Roy's Brother-in-Law Suresh Mathew. "He had his whole career in front of him and now he's gone."

Roy told his mother he was walking to get dinner Tuesday night, but never came home. Overnight the family called police, who hours later came with the bad news. Roy was the victim of a hit and run. Someone spotted his body near a church preschool on Olive Boulevard.

"And then he goes, well, he died and the first thing my thoughts were, how am I going to tell them to his parents," said Mathew.

The family of the 41-year-old is devastated, in shock and full of questions, especially for the driver who hit Roy.

"Why didn't you call," said Mathew. "Just called 911 and perhaps who knows, he could have been still with us.

Police aren't releasing information about a vehicle, but the family says they were told police are tracking a car somewhere not far from this area and from where Roy lived.


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