Family searching for answers after fatal hit-and-run

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GARDNERVILLE, Nev (KOLO) -- UPDATE: Trooper Dan Gordon with the Nevada Highway Patrol says this case is a joint investigation with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. NHP is in charge of the crash portion of the investigation, while the DCSO is helping track down leads and finding witnesses.

The Nevada Highway Patrol provided this picture of the scene of a fatal hit-and-run accident on Johnson Lane at Fremont Street in Douglas County.

Gordon says no witnesses have come forward and there are many questions left to be answered.

NHP and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office want to speak to any witnesses or anyone who has information about what happened.

Please call Investigator Love at (775) 782-6299, Trooper Hildebrand at (775) 687-9717, or the NHP Reno office at (775) 687-9600, or if you want to remain anonymous, call Douglas County Secret Witness at (775) 782-7463.


ORIGINAL STORY: Family and friends gathered at Lampe Park to celebrate the life of Roberto Palomar-Espinoza

"We have a hole in the heart and it's not going to heal anytime soon," said Maria Prado-Espinosa, Roberto’s aunt.

Those close to Roberto say he was a caring, loving and loyal person who was taken way too soon.

The 21-year-old was an only child and was planning on attending Western Nevada College this fall. This loss is still hard to come to grips with for his aunt Maria.

"We had no idea that this accident happened," said Maria Prado-Espinosa.

Espinoza was hit and killed July 1, 2017 in Minden, near the intersection of Fremont Street and Johnson Lane. The family says they haven't heard from law enforcement since.

"We don't know what happen, we don't. They are not telling us. We just hear what the kids say and I don't know if that is true or not," said Espinosa

It is not known if an arrest has been made in the case.

Maria says after Roberto's father passed away a few years ago, he had to step up to help provide for the family.

"That was hard for him because no one wants to lose a parent, even though his dad was very sick too. He took it upon himself to help his mother," said Espinosa.

At the celebration, family and friends of Roberto's wore purple in his honor. Now there is only one thing the family wants and that is justice.

"We aren't going to find any peace when we find that person, but at least we are going to get answers to all of the questions that we have," said Espinosa..