Family Begs For Justice and Help For Hit And Run Victim

Loved ones of a man killed in a hit-and-run accident are asking for information and for help.

A vigil was held in remembrance of Nigel Smith. The 23-year-old was killed near Hancock Expressway and Astrozon Boulevard early Sunday morning.

Smith's friends and family described him as a people-person who was also the “go-to guy for advice.”

Smith’s aunt says he loved to smile and make other people smile. He was trying to better himself. He was planning on moving to Colorado Springs from Chicago and join the Navy.

His aunt, uncle, and cousins here in the Springs are struggling with the tragic loss.

“Anger, unsatisfied cause we don’t have any answers, and scared,” said aunt Cassandra Brown.

Smith was visiting his aunt and uncle from Chicago. He was staying with them for a few months until he planned his move here.

Brown said her nephew was coming home from a Halloween party early Sunday morning. He was lost, and was walking on Hancock towards the Astrozon intersection. He spoke with his aunt just moments before his death, trying to find his way home.

Police say he was struck by a car and killed. The car took off after the collision. Right now police have not found the driver.

Family and friends of Smith are begging for justice and for information.

"For the person who did this to come forward; if you know anything about it come forward so our family can have closure,” said Brown.

“If you left because you felt bad, you were drunk, please just come speak to, give us information on why he just left,” said friend Angela Marks.

The family is also asking the community for help. Smith did not have insurance, and they need help raising funds to send his body home to his mother in Chicago.

If you would like to help the family out, you can do so at Ent Federal Credit Union. Just look for the memorial fund under his name: Nigel Zamir Smith.

If you have any information about this incident, call police right away. You can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP (7867).