The family of a retired Marine is looking for answer after their loved one was killed in a hit-and-run incident early Saturday morning.
Police found Eric Derron Bridgett, 27, of Clinton, Md., on the side of the road in the 1400 block of Kirby Road in Clinton. Emergency crews declared Bridgett dead at the scene.
Investigators said Bridgett was trying to cross Kirby Road when he was struck. He was not in a crosswalk, and the striking vehicle did not stop.
His wife Brandi now faces a life without her high school sweetheart.
"We've been together since 10th grade...I've never thought about life without him," she said.
Bridgett served two tours in Afghanistan. Brandi feared he'd lose his life at war, not on a street just a couple of miles from their home.
She is now left to raise 5-year-old Aiden, 3-year-old Abigail and 4-month-old Avi on her own. She's told the children that their father is watching over them from heaven. She now hopes the driver will have a conscience and come forward.
"If you were the person who did it, he has a large family that's grieving right now, and they just want some type of closure," Eric's friend, Andre Todd, said.
Police do not have any description of the vehicle involved in the incident.
Anyone with information about this hit and run is urged to call the Collision Analysis & Reconstruction Unit at (301) 731-4422.
Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or text, “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) from your cell phone. You may also submit a tip online at www.pgcrimesolvers.com.