Father of hit-and-run victim speaks out after deadly crash

Springfield Police said they are still investigating and searching for the vehicle involved.

Posted: Aug 9, 2020 6:48 PM
Updated: Aug 10, 2020 10:37 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- The father of the victim in Friday night's fatal hit-and-run crash is speaking out about the legacy his son leaves and the justice he hopes to see.

Zacory Hooks, 22, was walking westbound in the 7500 block of Main Street when he was struck and killed by a vehicle.

RELATED: EYEWITNESS SPEAKS OUT AFTER MAN IS KILLED IN HIT-AND-RUN

Edward Hooks is Zacory’s father, and he described how he felt when he first learned of the tragic news.

"It's devastating," Hooks said. "It's absolutely devastating."

Hooks said that Zacory was the last in the family's line and would have carried on the Hooks generation. He expressed how important it was to be present in his son’s life and shared what he will miss the most about his son.

“Hey, Dad,” Hooks said.

These are two words that Hooks said he will cherish forever.

“That’s it,” Hooks said. “I'll miss that the most. Everytime he came by, it was, ‘Hey, Dad.’”

An eyewitness KEZI 9 News spoke to on Saturday said he saw Zacory wearing all black and looking down on his phone Friday night.

“If you are 22, 23, a young adult, and you've got those headphones in your ear and you're out walking by the street, wear something bright,” Hooks said. “Wear something that’s reflective. Take one of those earphones out, so that you have one ear listening to stuff that's coming behind you. You should be facing traffic and not walking away from it.”

As of Sunday, Springfield Police said they are still investigating and searching for the vehicle involved.

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