Family makes plea to find driver in fatal hit-and-run crash

HEMPSTEAD - The family of a 16-year-old boy who was hit and killed by a car while riding his bike in Hempstead is making a plea tonight to help find the driver who left the scene of the accident.

Police say Oscar Veliz was mowed down near the corner of Clinton Street and Webb Avenue at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 18. The teen's body was thrown to the side of the road, but the gold or tan Toyota Camry kept on driving with the bike wedged underneath, according to investigators.

Veliz was rushed to the hospital, where he died from head injuries two days later.

Detective Michael Bazylewicz, of the Nassau County Police Department, says a reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest of the unidentified driver.

"We just want him to come clean, come forward," says Veliz's brother, Carlos. "All we want is justice."

Nassau police say they have few leads in the case, and if the driver comes forward voluntarily, it would bring closure to the family and perhaps bring the suspect a lighter sentence.

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