The family of a Middleboro man who was killed in a hit and run have high hopes after authorities recovered the Jeep Grand Cherokee believed to have been involved in the deadly incident.
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Police confirmed to the Brockton Enterprise that they have seized the Jeep involved in the dead crash, which killedMichael Dutra, 58. Dutrawas riding his bike to a grocery store when he was struck by a car and killed on Wood Street.
Though it was originally described by a witness as a white car, on Friday authorities determined the car was actually black. In three days, police located the suspect vehicle at a Middleboro home and impounded it at the State Police barracks on Route 28, according to the Enterprise.
Michael Dutra's daughter Michelle said in a statement to the Enterprise that she hopes police will be able to arrest someone soon.
“The person who did this needs to take responsibility. I want this to be over. I want justice for my dad,” she said. “It absolutely breaks my heart that this person has taken so much from me and my family. I hope to see some remorse.
“I’m sure this person wasn’t driving around looking for bicyclists. I know they didn’t mean to hit my dad. But they did. ... It’s been a conscious decision not to come forward the past two-and-a-half, three weeks,” she said. “I don’t know how this person has been able to live with themselves.”
On Oct. 15, police identified the car involved in the incident as a Jeep Grand Cherokeemade between 2005 to 2009.
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