MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The mother of a man who died in a hit and run accident has vowed to do everything she can to help find his killer.
Carmen Montoya spent Friday handing out flyers on NW 12th Avenue with a picture Bayron Villalobos, the man police say was behind the wheel of the car that struck and killed her son – Pedro Gonzalez.
“He was my only son,” said Montoya, “He had plans to go to China next year and he had a life to live. My only son, what can I tell you. Some people are not talking and we need them to.”
Montoya told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench, “It took me all my life to raise a good kid and now he’s gone and this criminal is on the street. He cannot go away without punishment.”
Gonzalez, 33, was walking his walking his beloved fox terrier, “Mister V.P.,” last Saturday night when he was struck by a car near NW 12th Avenue and NW 2nd Street. He was rushed to nearby Ryder Trauma Center but did not survive.
His dog ran two blocks back to the apartment where he lived in with Gonzalez and Montoya.
On Monday, police found the 2006 Chrysler sedan they believe hit Gonzalez. They also identified the driver as Villalobos. So far, they have not been able to find him.
“This guy has been hiding,” said Montoya, “It is my understanding that his family knows here he is but they are hiding him.”
On Friday afternoon, Montoya passed out flyers outside the Villalobos family home and where the car was found on N.W. 11th St. near N.W. 31st Ave.
“I have a message for his parents,” she said. “It is a crime to hide him and they could get in trouble.”
She said she wanted to speak with his parents but no one answered when she knocked on the doors.
Villalobos, 25, is described by police as 5’10”, 230 pounds and has brown eyes and black hair and is from Honduras. He also has a birth mark on the left side of his cheek.
Police said he has a history of fleeing a crash with property damage, DUI and driving while his license is suspended and multiple criminal traffic offenses.
“He’s a criminal who is out on the street and he’s a threat to society,” said Montoya.
Montoya said she does not have the money to give her son a proper burial. She does, however, plan to hold a memorial service for him at 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 28th, at a church in Kendall. That church—Eglesia Ekklesia—is located at 720 S.W. 125TH Ave.
Anyone with information on Villalobos’ whereabouts is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477).
There’s a reward of up to $3,000.