Community comes together to remember Elmwood grad killed in hit-skip crash

BLOOMDALE, Ohio (WTVG) - It was a night filled with music and memories, and it was all for Elmwood High School graduate Tony Ervin.

"He was my best friend, and I will always remember him," Ervin's friend Jack Schreiner said to a crowd at Royal Stadium.

Back on September 11, troopers say Ervin was leaving Terra Community College when his car somehow went off the road and into a ditch. As the 18-year-old walked around his car investigators say he was struck by a silver Dodge pick-up that sped off.

Ervin was transported to a Toledo hospital, but was eventually taken by air ambulance to a Columbus hospital where he died from his injuries three days later.

"To have my 17-year-old daughter holding her boyfriend's hand while he dies is just heart wrenching," Tanya Conley said.

Ervin lived with Conley and her daughter in Fremont during his time at Terra State. She says Ervin was known for his funny personality and willingness to help anyone anyway he could.

"He truly was a joy to be around, and he touched a lot people's lives," Conley said.

It's because of those traits that Conley and others in his hometown of Bloomdale wanted to celebrate Ervin's life Wednesday.

"We wanted to do something for the kids and for the community to come together and grieve his loss,"Ervin siad.

As former band mates honored Tony through song, others shared stories or just said a prayer. Now as Ervin's loved ones prepare to say goodbye they hope the driver responsible steps up so they can get some closure.

"We realize people make mistakes, but it's time to step forward and admit your mistake," Conley said.

13abc checked with troopers Wednesday night who say they've gotten tips from the community, but so far they've turned up nothing.

If you know anything about the accident you're asked to call the Fremont post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol at (419) 332-0085. Ervin's family is offering a $1,800 reward to anyone who helps catch Tony's killer.