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Fatal Hit-and-Run Investigation Continues

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On the night of February 20, 51-year-old Emery Black's life came to an end, after he became the victim of a hit-and-run.

It happened in front of his house on West 15th and Liberty Streets.

Six months later, Black’s neighbor Bobby Fletcher is still trying to make sense of his death.

"I miss the guy,” said Fletcher. “This apartment building, it's a big complex.  He cut the grass, when the snow came, he helped shovel.  You don't find people like him."

Police have released surveillance video of the car they believe was involved.  They're looking for an older model Pontiac Grand Prix or Pontiac Grand Am.  Investigators say it could also be another type of red sedan.  But so far, they have no leads.

Along with serving four years in the United States Army, Black also served his community as a member of the Little Italy Neighborhood Watch.

Wally Brown--the group's captain--said they haven't given up searching.

"As time goes on, it's not good,” said Brown.  “But, I feel that they (police) will solve it."

If police do solve this case, whoever is charged will be facing more jail time than they would have six months ago.

Governor Tom Corbett recently signed a law that increases the mandatory minimum prison sentence for fleeing the scene of a fatal accident from one to three years.

"The harsher the penalty the better, as far as I'm concerned,” said Brown.  “Any individual that would do this, I wouldn't want to see a dog or cat get hit, no less an individual."

As the investigation continues, a message from Black's neighbor…..

"To the people that hit him, turn yourself in,” said Fletcher.  “Just do the right thing.”

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