Family of dead teen appeal to hit-and-run driver

2:19 PM Monday Jan 16, 2017

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The family of a teenager who died in a hit-and-run in West Auckland have spoken to media this afternoon.

Police addressed the media first saying neighbours have reported hearing a car speeding down the street around the time Jacob would have been hit.

An officer at the scene said the driver would know “without doubt” that they have hit somebody.

It was possible that the driver had taken their vehicle to a friend to get fixed and fabricated a story to explain the damage.

Police confirmed Jacob died at the scene after initially being found unconscious.

The incident was “around midnight on Saturday night,” police said.

Jacobs’s mother Esther tearfully read her statement. Her voice broke as she told the crowd that her son loved life.

“This person hit Jacob…they don’t know what they’ve taken away from us.

“They don’t know how much of an awesome person he was.

“Jacob loved life. He loved life and he took every opportunity that he got.

“He loved his skateboard. He had lots of friends and was very charismatic. He got along with everyone.’

“Why couldn’t you stop? That was our baby.”

His sister Jasmin Pakura took over from Esther and emotionally finished the statement.

Jacob’s father Jason Pakura was also with the family as they read their statement.

Members of Jacob’s family – including his mother – cried and hugged each other at the scene where their son and brother’s life came to an end.

Another family member used the press conference to speak to the driver.

“When you hit him, you didn’t just hit Jacob – you hit his whole family. You took away everything.

“You took away his future, you took away memories. You took away everything that this boy loved.

“Please give our family some closure and come forward.”

Bunches of brightly coloured flowers have been placed around a power pole. Handpicked agapanthus and hydrangea posies wilt in the bright sunshine.

The family joined friends and loved ones at the site while they waited for the site to be blessed.

A group of Jacob’s friends turned up before the press conference. They called him one of the bros.

“He was something else that kid. No one really understands that.”

Jacob died after he was hit by a car while skateboarding on Rua Road, in New Lynn, near his home on Saturday night.

The 16-year-old was found unconscious by members of the public who tried to help him as they waited for emergency services.

He died some time later.

Police are still appealing for the driver of the vehicle to come forward.

Source : New Zealand Herald

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