Jun 17, 2014 12:36 AM by Rebecca Taylor

Family seeking the public's help finding hit and run driver

TUCSON - A Tucson family continues to mourn the loss of young woman killed by a hit and run driver.

It happened six months ago near Greasewood and Speedway.

The 24-year-old victim, Antonia Calamia was walking in the area when someone hit her and sped off. They're holding on to hope that the public can help solve this case.

This past Saturday would have been Antonia's 25th birthday.

It's been a tough week for Antonia's father, Bill Calamia. With Sunday being Father's Day and the recent passing of his mom, he says Antonia's death six months ago, likely contributed.

"Life has never been the same without her," says Bill.

Antonia was hit December 11th around 11:30 p.m. while walking home on Greasewood Road, she passed away the next day.

"I have not been down that road since December 11, 2013," says Laura Calamia, "I can't."

Laura is Antonia's step-mom. "The only thing I can remember was driving up and seeing a group of people and having to stop, and realizing it was my daughter," she says.

Witnesses reported seeing a driver in a red or burgundy pickup truck speed away.

A police report shows in days following the crash, officers followed up on a couple of leads but determined the vehicles they inspected were not involved. A Craigslist ad in December for a truck with a recently replaced hood and front fender seemed promising, but according to the report authorities weren't able to locate it.

"If somebody knows who ever did this, give our entire family closure," says Bill.

The family hopes who ever caused their heartbreak will turn themselves in.

"I'm sure the person who did it is carrying around a ton of guilt," says Laura.

Bill adds, "I have to somehow believe that somebody knows who did this to my daughter, I think it's more important that they don't do it again."

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or 88-Crime.

The Calamia family is hoping to turn their roadside memorial, into a permanent one.


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