Valley widow seeks answers in hit-and-run crash

Posted at 10:06 PM, Apr 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-28 08:32:25-04

The widow of a man killed in a Friday hit-and-run crash in Glendale wants closure.

She can get it, she said, if the person who drove off after the crash comes forward.

“He didn’t deserve to die like that,” Tasha Freeman said of her late husband, Michael.

“I just want [the other driver] to have a heart,” Freeman said.

“Have a heart and come forward.”

Police have said little since the crash, which shut down Northern Avenue just west of 51st  Avenue Friday night.

Michael, a father of six, was riding a scooter home from work at the time of the crash, Tasha said.

The only information released about a suspect in the hit-and-run is that police were looking for a dark car that left the scene.

 “He didn’t just pass away, someone took his life,” Tasha said of the crash. She's drawing on her late husband's wisdom as she battles the grief over his death.

Michael founded a non-profit, SontarahLife, that taught safety classes and provided counseling.

He counseled Tasha after the December death of their 6-week-old son, Camilo.

The family buried Camilo exactly four months to the day before Michael was killed.

In a video Michael posted after Camilo’s death, he said that family members should cherish one another because life could end at any time.  He urged couples to set aside petty differences, and for people to strive for success.

Freeman’s funeral is scheduled for Friday, May 6 at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 1622 N. 39th  Ave. in Phoenix.

A GoFundMe page has been established to help the family with expenses.