Victim's family plea for help after fatal hit & run

CREATED Feb 5, 2013

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RACINE - Sixty-four-year-old Raymond Clark just retired. His golden years were cut short by a hit-and-run collision only a block from his apartment.

"I know he's in a better place," said Joseph Kaplan, the victim's brother-in-law.

Joseph and Elaine Kaplan saw Elaine's younger brother just hours before the crash. They spoke about the years ahead.

"He wanted to go to Miller Park because he's never been there," Elaine said. "He never got there."

Officers responded to the intersection of Durand Ave. and West Blvd. on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 5:30pm. They found Clark lying in the westbound lanes on Durand. Paramedics rushed Clark to Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints and he was later transferred to Froedtert Hospital.

"This poor man lost his life and the driver didn't stop," said Sgt. Jessie Metoyer. "His family and he deserve justice."

Police describe the suspect's vehicle as an SUV, possibly a Chevy Blazer type that is dark in color with a body style similar to 1998-2005 models.

Elaine made a promise to her brother in his hospital room.

"He had tubes and everything," Elaine told TODAY'S TMJ4 reporter Tom Murray. "I said, 'Ray, we're going to get the people who did this to you.' Then he started crying. The tears came down his eyes."

Anyone with a tip is urged to contact Crimestoppers at 262-636-9330, or by texting RACS plus the message to CRIMES (274637) and referring to Tipsoft I.D. #TIP417 with your text message.