Family searches for answers after deadly hit and run
49-year old Denise Nunziato's family said the mother of five, and grandmother could light up any room.
Sunday, they're trying to find who hit her, and never stopped.
Columbus Police said Nunziato was the victim of a fatal hit-skip as she crossed West Broad Street, west of Sylvan Avenue at 10:38 Saturday night.
Investigators said video and witness accounts show 31-year old Andrew Fabal left a nearby lot heading westbound in a 1992 yellow Honda Civic, but turned around and traveled eastbound at a high rate of speed, allegedly striking Nunziato.
Medics said Nunziato died around 10:43 p.m. at the scene.
"She gave me a hug and I gave her a hug, and we told each other that we loved each other" said Renee Nunziato, Denise's 27-year old daughter as she recalled her final conversation with her mom earlier in the day.
Police said after, Fabal continued eastbound, made a U-turn, and returned to a nearby garage on Broad Street where he parked the car, then left the building.
While the vehicle was impounded as evidence, detectives said Fabal hasn't been seen.
"I think that he's a coward to hit someone, know that you hit somebody, and not even check on them" said Denise's daughter, April Nunziato.
Crash scene Investigators urge anyone with information to come forward with what they know to help solve the case.
Nunziato's family said a GoFundMe account was established to help with funeral expenses.
To find out more, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/a-mother-taken-to-soon.