FREMONT, Ohio (WTVG) Tony Ervin was killed back in mid-September when police say a silver pickup hit him while he was attempting to get his car out of a ditch outside Terra State Community College. The 19-year-old Elmwood graduate was airlifted to Mercy Health-St. Vincent's Medical Center before being transferred, again by air ambulance, to OSU Wexner in Columbus where he died of his injuries. The driver who hit him fled the scene and has not been found.
Speaking about their son's death for the first time, Tony's parents tell 13abc they want justice and answers.
"I can't fathom why someone would do that and not stop," says Tony's mother, Rhonda Ervin. "How can you go off and leave? How can you live with yourself, you know?"
His family says Tony was loving, funny and had dreams of working on cars before his death. His 12-year-old sister, Keri, is devastated.
"That's the hardest thing, honestly," says Rhonda. "Trying to explain to her why God would take her brother away from her."
The family is handing out flyers around the area offering a $2,500 reward for anyone who can help with arrest and conviction of the suspect. The family says investigators have lots of leads but they're hoping the person who hit their son will come forward.
"It would be nice to get some answers on why they hit him, if they didn't see him," says Tony's father, his mother adding, "Why did you take off?"
A memorial benefit will be held for 18- year-old Tony Ervin on October 19, 2019. The Tony Ervin Memorial Bike Run Dinner Silent Auction will be held at the Bloomdale Community Building.
For more information on the fundraiser, call 567-525-1496.