Man killed by driver who fled from south Phoenix; family pleads for help

Posted at 6:24 PM, Oct 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-07 08:31:08-04

Life was abruptly cut short for 35-year-old Juan Salais, a Valley father, while he was walking down on 19th Avenue and Baseline Road. 

He was clearing his head after having an argument with his girlfriend when suddenly he was hit by a driver who fled from the scene. 

The man is a 6-foot tall man who weights 250 pounds. His family says whoever hit Salais would have definitely felt the impact. 

"You had to know you hit him," Stevie Salais, his brother, said. 

After the man was hit by the driver, he crawled down the road using every last drop of life to find help. 

As fate would have it, someone saw him, called for helped and stayed with the dying man until first responders arrived. Then the Good Samaritan left. 

The mans mother doesn't know who their mystery hero is. But their kindness has impacted his family. 

"I would love to meet him and tell him thank you," Lupita Salais, his mother, said. 

She said she was upset to think her son was dying in the street all by himself. 

The family is hoping anyone who may know the driver involved in the hit and run encourages them to step up and take responsibility. Or, for the driver to take accountability on their own and give the family the closure they're seeking. 

The family is raising funds for the man's funeral through an online donation source. Additionally, they will be hosting a car wash at an Arby's restaurant at 7610 W. Lower Buckeye Road from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help pay for the man's funeral expenses as well.