Huntsville Police are asking for the public's help tracking down the driver who struck and killed a young father Tuesday morning. Meanwhile, the wife of the Iraqi war veteran is just trying to figure out how to break the news to the couple's two young sons.
"How do you tell a two year old that his daddy isn't coming home?" says Tabitha Jackson.
25 year old Jonathan Jackson was struck and killed by a driver who fled the scene just before 5:00 a.m. Tuesday. Jackson's wife is urging the person responsible to turn themselves in.
"I understand that you could have been scared but you have to understand there are consequences to your actions. If you would have just stopped it would have been fine," says Jackson.
She says her heart broke after learning about her husband's death. She says it just got worse after learning the driver who hit him on Moores Mill Road just north of Highway 72, left him for dead.
"How could you do that," she says. "Its a person."
Investigators say they've interviewed witnesses and have released a description of the suspected vehicle. They describe it as an older model black Honda Accord. They say based on evidence found at the scene, the vehicle is missing the driver's side mirror and has damage to the front signal light. Police say the need the public's help tracking down the suspect.
"Its critical, especially a hit and run situation. We want to bring this person to justice," says Harry Hobbs of the Huntsville Police Department.
The victim's family says they won't rest until the driver who took Jackson's life is found.
"I just need closure. I need closure," says Jackson.
Anyone with information on this case is urged to call Huntsville Police at 256-722-7100.