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Reward offered for driver who killed boy in hit-and-run

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An emotional plea for help is being made by the family of a child who was killed by a hit and run driver.

A steady beat of traffic rolled across the Hwy 183 Bridge at Onion Creek. Most who passed may not have notice the small memorial just under the guardrail. It was placed there for 9-year-old Yahir Vidal. The child was killed by a hit and run diver in early December. Wednesday afternoon his father, mother and sister returned to the southeast Travis County scene to make an emotional plea for help.

"For the pain on my family we will always have it ... but do it for my son .... for everything they took away .... he couldn't be here no more ... and everything that person took away ... I want for somebody to please feel merciful for him and to have justice ... and God help him and me and my family," said Yahir's father, Israel Vidal, through a translator.

It was a bitterly cold night and the car Yahir was riding in spun out at the north end of the bridge. Everyone got out but as they stood by the car, investigators say a white Chevy truck ran into Yahir. The driver of the truck then drove away.

A $3,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest; most of that money was raised by the family some of them even took on extra jobs to earn the cash.

Alma Lara, a family friend read a hand written request from the Vidal's asking for help.

"Which ever kind of information y'all remember it's important it will be anonymous to help the police find who is responsible for this accident," said Lara.

Investigators say they have recovered some items that broke off the truck during the crash. And while that evidence is critical to the case, they are waiting for the call that will break open the case.

"Somebody, somewhere probably knows something and we ask the public if they know something that they come forward and contact us," said Lt. Ruben Garcia.

Israel Vidal said his son was full of life and promise. The family knows the smile that once brightened their days is forever gone. All that remains now is a small roadway memorial and a prayer for justice.

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