WesCom News Service

BROOKINGS - Jo Anne Querin knows the grief when a child dies before his parents.

A hit-and-run driver caused her son David's death. The driver of the vehicle that struck her 22-year-old son's motor scooter broadside was never identified.

Sixteen years later, the Brookings woman is donating $1,000 - bringing the total reward to $2,000 - to help find the driver that struck 15-year-old Crescent City resident Joshua Lacy on Jan. 12. He was hit by a vehicle on U.S. Hwy. 101 while waiting for a school bus. He died later at a Oregon hospital.

Querin said she still feels a lack of closure not knowing who hit her only child so long ago. She and David's stepfather, who raised him, always mark the day of his death, June 14.

Matching the $1,000 donated anonymously to Curry County Crime Stoppers earlier this month, Querin hopes will lead to identifying the driver responsible for Lacy's death - and closure for his parents.

andquot;We have nothing solid on the Joshua Lacy case,andquot; reported Sgt. Steve Hablitzel of the California State Police on May 21. andquot;But we do have a few leads.andquot;

Calls to Crime Stoppers can be made anonymously. Because of Querin, callers now may receive up to $2,000 for their tips, depending on the nature of the crime and whether the information leads to an arrest.

Make a Tip

Anyone with information about the crime and the persons involved is encouraged to call the 24-hour phone line operated by the Curry County Crime Stoppers at 541-412-0989 or toll-free 888-974-0000.