CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The family of a man who was killed in a hit-and-run on Cleveland’s West Side is speaking out.
Camilo Gabriel Sr., 67, was struck while crossing the intersection of West 25th Street and Woodbridge Avenue on Friday afternoon.
Gabriel was transported from the scene to MetroHealth Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Vilma Gabriel said she will never forget the moment—she and Camilo were walking to his doctor’s appointment.
“My husband put both hands and he pushed me,” a devastated Mrs. Gabriel said of the moment her husband of nearly 39 years saved her life by sacrificing his own.
She was understandably emotional as she recounted Camilo’s last moments.
“I see his eyes and I say, ‘Camilo, don’t leave me, don’t leave me,’ and his chest, I hear his heart pumping so fast.”
And somehow, it gets even worse. The Gabriels were set to celebrate their 39th wedding anniversary next week.
Mrs. Gabriel just bought a new dress to wear for their celebration, but said now she’ll be burying him instead.
Despite the devastating loss, the family said they have no ill will towards the driver—they just want him to do the right thing and come forward.
“Whoever did this. Whoever you are, whatever you are, please just turn yourself in,” pleaded the victim’s son.
The driver of a white SUV, which appeared to be a Chevy Trailblazer with tinted windows, was reportedly a black man between the ages of 20 and 30. The vehicle had a temporary plate.
Police said the man has a beard and is approximately 6-foot tall. He was last seen fleeing northbound on W. 25th Street.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Cleveland police at 216-621-1234.