Family calls for justice in early morning hit and run

Peter Minor (Source: Beckfield College)
Peter Minor (Source: Beckfield College)

ERLANGER, KY (FOX19) - Peter Minor's family says they are still in shock after his tragic death. They say right now they are trying to figure out what to do with the hole they say has entered their lives.

"I'm trying to be very strong," Peter's daughter Carrie Spradlin said. "He was the strongest person I know, that I've ever met."

Spradlin says her dad always seemed to be lending a hand.

"Anyone on the side of the road, anyone that needed help, he would be the first one to help," she said.

Peter's family says he was a man with a never ending Honey-do list.

"He was Mr. Do It Myself," Spradlin said with a laugh. "He could fix almost anything.

The home he lived in was a labor of love, always making improvements with his wife Jennie by his side.

"I think when she lays down tonight to go to bed it will really hurt, it will hit her," Spradlin said of her mother, "She says part of her heart's missing. I don't know what I would do if that happened to me."

She says the loss will be felt even by the youngest of Peter's family, his grand kids.

"As soon as he would walk in the door their face would just light up, 'Paw Paw! Paw Paw!'," Spalding shared.

She says she understands how tragedies like the one that took her father can happen.

"We all make mistakes, none of us are perfect," she said. "It could have been me. I could have hit somebody walking down the street."

She cannot understand, however, how someone could walk away.

"They would have been forgiven regardless of if they were drinking, or if they were just texting on their phone and went off the road," Spradlin said. "We eventually would have forgiven them, but for you to leave? And not know if you could have helped him maybe, saved his life? To just walk away … you're a coward."

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