Father of 4 killed in East Price Hill hit-and-run, family begging for answers

Federico Ventura (Photo provided)
Federico Ventura (Photo provided)

EAST PRICE HILL (FOX19) - A family is begging for answers after their loved one was hit by two cars and dragged through the street in East Price Hill Tuesday morning.

Federico Ventura was struck by a vehicle just after 7:30 a.m. at Warsaw and McPherson avenues and taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center, said Lt. Steve Saunders, police spokesman.

About 90 minutes later, Saunders confirmed he died.

Family and friends of Ventura are at a loss of words after learning that the father of four was hit and killed while crossing the street on Warsaw Avenue.

"When my mom called me and told me. I just started crying," said Lisa Domingo, Ventura's Cousin. She said that Ventura would walk up and down the street everyday.

However, his routine was interrupted when police said a driver in a black sedan hit him as he was crossing the street towards the Kroger parking lot. The driver in the black car kept going as Ventura lay in the street.

Police said while Ventura was still on the pavement a white car in the opposite lane hit Ventura again dragging him underneath the car for several blocks. According to police, the driver in the car, Leroy Davis, then hit several other cars before coming to a stop on McPherson Ave.

"I don't know what the reasoning was for that person not to stop, but the right thing would have been for that person to stop and to make sure he was okay. But they were selfish and continued on," said Ghean Singh.

He said Ventura was his landlord and a friend.

After Ventura was removed from underneath Davis' car he was rushed to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he later died from his injuries.

Family and friends said the community has lost a true gem.

"He came here with a dream like everyone else. He did what he had to do he was like a nice person like he'd be here to help anyone out," said Domingo.

They are asking for the driver in the black sedan who hit Ventura and kept going to come forward to police so that they can get the closure they need.

"We're not asking for anything else. We just want justice and that's all," said Domingo.

Police are still looking for witnesses in this crash.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Cincinnati Police Traffic Unit at 513-352-2514.

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