Enfield police continue to search for the driver who hit and killed a skateboarder early Friday morning.
Jeremy Mercier, 20, was hit while trying to help a friend, according to police.
“I didn’t sleep last night at all,” Brian Kozieracki said.
The incident happened around 1 a.m. right outside Kozieracki's Enfield home on Route 5.
“It startled us, jumped out of bed, like what was that? And looked out the window and saw something or someone laying at the end of our driveway,” Kozieracki, said.
Kozieracki rushed to call 911.
He said he and his wife never saw the car that hit Mercier and then sped away.
Now a memorial stands near Orbit Drive where police say Mercier died.
He had been skateboarding around 1:00am when he was hit by a car, creating a horrifying sound.
“It’s a terrible tragedy that occurred and we’re doing everything we can to locate the person who was involved,” Enfield Police Chief Carl Sferrazza said.
Loved ones say Mercier had jumped on his skateboard to bring a can of a gas to a friend who had run out.
As he headed out on the several-mile trip, he was hit just around the corner from his home.
Those who considered Mercier family say the young man had tough past but a bright future.
They, police, and the community have a message to the driver to do the right thing now.
“It only gets worse if you hide from it and you don’t take responsibility,” Kozieracki, said.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Enfield police.