RENO, NV - Four days after a Reno man was killed in a hit and run accident, his family investigators still search for the unidentified driver and the victim's family struggles to make sense of it all.
"It's so shocking I really can't get a grip on what's happened," says Eric Thomas' cousin, Ken.
Forty four year old Thomas was riding home from a trip to the grocery store on his moped, in a bike lane on North McCarran at Northtowne Lane. He was struck from behind by an SUV and dragged a couple hundred feet.
"That vehicle didn't stop or slow down," says Ken Thomas. "My cousin was left there to die."
Thomas says he was grew up with his cousin Eric as close as brothers. The man he describes was a good husband to his wife Stacy and father to their three sons. His loss leaves a huge emotional hole in this close family.
"When that coward took him out of this world, he ripped him from my life," says Ken Thomas. "More importantly, he ripped the husband and father from this family."
Reno police say they are following all leads, but so far, there's no sign of the vehicle, believed to be a silver or gray Toyota 4runner or its driver.
Finding him or her seems central to this family's recovery, important enough for them to make a direct appeal.
"I want them to know the pain they've caused this family," says Thomas. " Step forward and take responsibility for what you've done."
Secret Witness has posted a $2500 reward for information leading to arrest and prosecution. Their number is 322-4900. Callers may remain anonymous when collecting cash rewards.
While an arrest will help the family move toward closure, they face another immediate problem. Eric Thomas was the sole breadwinner in the family which now faces financial issues they couldn't have planned for.
An account has been set up at Bank of America in Stacy Thomas' name. Donations can be made at any B of A branch, account number 501012985272.