WesCom News Service
The Brookings couple never met 15-year-old Joshua Lacy, but many times they had driven past the roadside memorial on a Crescent City road for the teenager the victim of a fatal hit and run accident in January.
When the couple learned recently that authorities were not even close to finding the suspect in the fatal accident, they felt compelled to do something.
The husband and wife, who asked to remain anonymous, are offering $1,000 of their own money through the Curry County Crime Stoppers for information that helps crack the case.
"I'm a father, a grandfather, and I can imagine what it's like to lose a child," the husband said. "The perpetrator needs to be brought to justice. I'm not a rich man, but I'm not a poor man. I hope this small amount will spur someone to come forward."
Lacy was waiting for the school bus on U.S. Hwy. 101 near Arrowhead Road in Del Norte County when he was struck by a vehicle around 7:05 a.m. Jan. 12. As the vehicle sped off, Josh was left alone in the middle of the highway unconscious and bleeding. He suffered broken bones in his right leg, along with head trauma and other internal injuries. He succumbed to his injuries the next morning.
According to Josh's mother Carlene Lacy, her son would still be alive today had the driver of the vehicle simply stopped to help him.
"Joshua didn't die because he was hit by a car," she said the week of his death. "He died because he was left alone in the cold."
Immediately following the accident, authorities were optimistic about finding the suspect, especially with the community's involvement. But as of Tuesday, that optimism, like the case, had grown cold.
"We have no vehicle, no suspect," said California Highway Patrol Officer Don Bloyd.
The Brookings couple called the CHP office last week seeking new information about the case, Bloyd said.
"We don't have anything new, just rumors," he said.
The CHP encourages anyone with information regarding the accident or the description of the hit-and-run vehicle to call the CHP office at 707-464-3117.
The latest description of the vehicle states it could be a van, car or truck ranging in color from red, to maroon, to purple. It will have damage on the front and possibly on the driver's side. The driver's side headlight also will be broken.
The anonymous Brookings couple are supporters of the Curry County Crime Stoppers and presented their proposal to the non-profit's board last week. It was approved unanimously. "As a supporter of Crime Stoppers I know the success this program has had over the years," the husband said.
How to Make
Anyone with information about this crime and the person involved is encouraged to called the 24-hour phone line operated by the Curry County Crime Stoppers. The phone number is 541-412-0989 or call toll-free 800-974-0000. Calls to Crime Stoppers can be made anonymous. Callers may receive a reward of up to $1,000 for their tips, depending on the nature of the crime and whether the information leads to an arrest.