Family seeks justice after young father hit by 5 cars

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 10, 2015)- A young father was killed in a hit-and-run accident involving five cars.

On Nov. 22, Devan Matthews, 21, was getting off the bus on North Mitthoefer Road. He had a bag full of groceries and was just feet away from his sister’s house.

“I’ve got to look at the scene every single day and then on top of that I have to hear the accident in my mind. It’s not right, it’s not right,” explains Shaquila Tyler, Matthews’ sister.

When Matthews crossed the street he was hit by car, after car, after car. A total of five cars hit Matthews. He died on the scene.

“It just hearts my heart so bad to know my brother is not going to be here no more,” explains Tyler.

Two of the five cars stopped but didn’t see enough to help police track down the driver that initially hit Matthews or the other drivers that left the scene.

“Somebody took his life and his life mattered to us. He had kids who loved him,” explains Tyler.

Matthews had three young children. His only daughter turns three this weekend.

“Whoever did it needs to come forward because his mother hurting, his sisters, his family is hurting just come forward we just need justice for him,” says Marie Lambert, the mother of Matthew’s three kids.

Witnesses told police they believe it was a black pickup truck that first hit Matthews. A red four-door car and a silver Pontiac were the descriptions of the other vehicles that left the scene.

Anyone with information is urged to call IMPD detectives at 317-327-6549.


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