Family holds vigil for 21-year-old killed by hit and run driver

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Posted on March 5, 2014 at 11:25 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 5 at 11:41 PM

Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
Email: tdall@wwltv.com | Twitter: @taniadall

NEW ORLEANS -- Police are still searching for a driver who hit and killed a young skateboarder in New Orleans East before leaving the scene.

Clifton Drummer's family held a vigil Wednesday night to remember the 21-year-old. They're hoping someone can help catch the reckless driver.

"It's really sad, and it's really heartbreaking to know that people would just leave him laying there in the dark to die," said Angie Wright of her son's sudden death.

The heartbreak is somewhat surreal as family and friends of Clifton Drummer IV met to mourn the young life lost.

"We will leave no stone unturned, we will not be quiet," said his godmother to the crowd.

The skateboarder, who also loved to rap, left his dad's house to meet his cousin on Friday night. He would never make that connection.

"He actually passed on his youngest brother's birthday, March 1. That's a day we'll never forget," said Clifton Drummer, Sr.

Drummer's body was spotted by someone near the intersection of Bundy Road and N. 1-10 Service Road around 1:30 a.m. Saturday. Police say he was the apparent victim of a hit and run.

His family grew concerned when Drummer didn't answer his cell phone or show up to his little brother's birthday party.

"Someone in the family discovered in the paper that they had a 21-year-old skateboarder who was hit and killed by a car," said Wright, adding that a call to the morgue confirmed their worst fear.

"It's just really been a hard thing. That somebody can actually hit a human being and just leave them there," said Clifton Drummer, Sr.

Family members say the Orleans Parish Coroner's Office told them the 21-year-old's body may have flown at least 60 feet into the air after being hit.

"We know that somebody saw something. They heard something," said Drummer's godmother, addressing those at the vigil.

Red, green, yellow and white balloons set free for this Bob Marley loving young man taken from loved ones without getting the chance to say a final good-bye.

"The right thing for that person to do is to come forward, man. Rectify this. Rectify the situation," said Clifton Drummer, Sr.

The 21-year-old's family believes the hit and run driver's car has to have severe front damage.

If you know who the driver is or where their car might be, call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

A Clifton Drummer Fund to help pay for funeral costs has been set up with Fidelity Bank. Donations can be made at any branch in New Orleans.

 

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