FT. LAUDERDALE — The family of a Ft. Lauderdale man killed by a hit and run driver on Sunday afternoon is urging the driver to turn himself in.
“Please turn yourself in so my brother can get some justice, cause he didn’t deserve to die like that,” said Simone Hyman fighting back tears. “You’re alive and my brother’s dead. He was my everything.”
Her brother, 29-year-old Kevin Gilliam, Jr. was on his motorcycle riding eastbound on Broward Boulevard when police say the westbound driver of a 2008 Ford Focus turned into his lane at NW 36th Ave. throwing Gilliam off his bike.
He was transported to Broward Health Medical Center where he died from his injuries.
“He was my heartbeat, my biggest fan,” sobbed Simone Hyman.
Gilliam’s mother is devastated.
“Somebody just broke half my heart and took my son away,” said Estelle Hyman.
Hyman says what makes it all the more painful is that the driver got out of his car and fled on foot.
“My son didn’t have a chance, because he ran away. I don’t know how someone could do that to a child. It hurts because he was my heart.”
Shortly before his death, Kevin Gilliam had called his parents who were driving back from a funeral up north.
“He said daddy, when are you coming home,” remembers Dennis Hyman.”I said I’m in Virginia and that’s the last time I talked to him.”
His sister said she spoke to her brother on Saturday.
“I said I don’t have gas money to come home. He said I’ll see you on Monday. And today’s Monday and I can’t see my brother,” said Hyman.
It’s especially hard for his sister to deal with the reality that her brother won’t be there to see her graduate from college. He was her biggest supporter.
“It’s hard. It’s hard. He was just doing what he loved and that was riding his bike,” said Hyman.
Though his family was uneasy with his passion for motorcycles, they say Gilliam was a careful cyclist and always wore his helmet and protective gear.
If you have any information you’re asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.