Families seek answers in fatal hit and runs

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St. Petersburg, Florida -- A man and a woman were killed after police say they were both victims of two separate hit and run accidents.

The crashes happened around 7:00 p.m. Friday night.

One woman was hit in the 400 block of 28th Street South in St. Petersburg.

The other crash took place in the 600 block of 21st Avenue Southeast in Ruskin.

Now officials are looking for two different cars from two different incidents.

Antonio Leon was riding his bike along 21st Avenue in Ruskin when he was hit by a car just feet from his home.

Praying for his grandmother that he had to bury just yesterday, Junior Pena now has to say goodbye to another family member.

"He had that much to go," he said.

Pena said his uncle was on his way home from work when disaster hit.

"Why didn't you stop?" he asked.

Police say Leon was hit by a car that looks like a 2003-2005 Saturn Ion, green in color, with front end damage.

"It makes me mad. I'm really angry, especially around the holidays. It's not going to be the same."

Ronald Williams knows what Junior Pena's going through.

"If anyone knows anything, come forward so we can have closure," he said.

His love of 30 years, Phelestine Smith, was hit by a car around the same time Friday night as Pena.

Smith was crossing 28th Street South in St. Pete.

"Everybody liked her. Hard for her to go out like that," said Williams.

Police say the car was a small, four-door sedan, possibly silver in color. After it hit Smith, the driver stopped for a second before speeding off.

"I don't know how I'm going to make it without her," said Williams.

Her daughters have set up a small vigil for their mother feet from where the accident happened.

"Tomorrow, I'm going to be 33. It is hard to say that without her here," said Quonecia Musgrove.

The women hope whoever killed their mother comes forward so justice can be served.

"My mom didn't deserve to die like this," said Musgrove.

Phelestine's family told 10 News she only made it a couple of feet along 28th Avenue. Anyone with information is asked to call police.

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