Friends mourn the death of East Price Hill man hit by car

Friends mourn the death of East Price Hill man hit by car

EAST PRICE HILL, OH (FOX19) - A vigil was held Saturday night for an East Price Hill man who died after being struck by a car. Friends and family are still stunned over his death.

74-year-old Ron Watring was a staple in his neighborhood. His friends say he had a smile for everyone would give a stranger the shirt off his back.

Family friend Keith Turner says his death comes as a painful blow.

"This community lost probably the greatest man this community ever met. There's probably nobody ever going to be like him," said Turner.

A few dozen friends and neighbors organized a vigil tonight for a man many knew as "Uncle Ron."

Turner says Watring was a man who never met a stranger.

"He was the nicest man I have ever met in my life. he would talk to you if you needed someone to talk to, he would listen with open ears, if you was hungry he would take you to white castle's and buy you something to eat, if you was thirsty he would buy you something or give you a dollar, if you needed bus fare, you needed diapers for your kids he would go and get them. You could mark the time of day by the position of where Ron was at, " said Turner.

Ron was at the wrong place Friday morning. He was crossing the intersection of Warsaw and Woodlawn with his walker when he was struck and killed.

Misty Fightmaster knew Watring for more than 25 years and says his death should remind people watch out for their neighbors.

"People pay more attention, I mean, it's really ridiculous if people aren't getting shot and killed people are getting hit and killed. I mean it's really ridiculous we need to start paying more attention to our neighbors," said Fightmaster.

Fightmaster says it's ironic that Ron kept a close eye on traffic at intersections.

"Ron was very, very careful. If he saw a car even coming close he wouldn't even step out in the middle of the street, so I mean he was very cautious," said Fightmaster.

James Jackson, the 42-yea-old driver who struck Watring did stop and has been cooperative with police. A few of Watring's friends want to see Jackson punished.

No charges have been filed as the investigation continues.

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