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Neighbors Speak Out On Victim of Hit and Run

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Detectives worked overtime on Saturday searching for any leads on the hit-and-run car accident that happened Thursday night.

51-year-old Erie man, Emery Black, was killed while crossing the street, near the intersection of 15th and Liberty.

Those who knew Black, said he was a good neighbor.  He was even a member of the SSJ Neighborhood Network watch group.

"We would see him walking up and down the street with his dog and in the summertime, he'd sit down and talk with my husband," said Black's neighbor, Betsy Strawcutter.  "He was also a veteran."

Black would occasionally use the laundromat across the street.  Strawcutter said that's where he was going, the night he was killed.

"He probably went across to the laundromat to get a pop, because it's almost directly across the street from his house," she said.

Erie Police have been working on the case and say they have been getting some leads.

"People are out there looking," said Police Traffic Investigator, Anthony Letkiewicz.  "Anything that people think looks suspicious or may be tied to this, they're calling in with license plates, locations and things like that," he said.

Black's neighbors are also appealing to the hit and run driver.

"We really are at a loss here, we can't understand why anybody would not come forward," said Wally Brown, member of the SSJ Neighborhood Network.

"It's sad and disgusting," said Strawcutter.  Everybody has a right to live; driving is a privilege.  If you hear a thump, you should stop."

Investigators released security camera video of the red car that they say hit and killed Black.  Police are hoping to identify the vehicle's license plate, with additional video from the neighborhood.

Until then, they're still asking for the community's help.

If you have any information regarding the hit and run, you're asked to call Erie Police at 814-870-1120.

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