WARREN (WWJ) - A Detroit-area family is overcome with grief and hopeful for answers, according to Crime Stoppers, after a loving father was tragically killed in a hit-and-run.
Randy Menendez died at the scene of the crash on Sunday, February 3, in the area of Groesbeck Hwy. and 10 Mile Road in Warren.
An investigation found the 60-year-old Eastpointe man was crossing Groesbeck on his bicycle at around 6:30 p.m. when he was struck by a gray 2018 Dodge Charger SRT sedan with a temporary tag in the rear window.
Police Chief Bill Dwyer said the car, which was speeding northbound on Groesbeck, never stopped -- leaving Menendez lying in the road.
Crime Stoppers says Menendez loved spending time with his son whom he adored and wouldn't miss watching a good football or baseball game. When he had the time, he would volunteer at the Red Cross Veterans center in Roseville.
According to a published obituary, Menendez also loved playing baseball and enjoyed coaching.
"Randy was a hardworking man who, through his many injuries, kept strong and persevered," the obituary continues. "He had a heart of a child and loved helping others. Randy had a special bond with his mother, he cherished her and she was always proud of him. Everyone will remember him for his big welcoming smile and the new stories he had to tell. He was everyone's friend and will be deeply missed. "
As police continue to search for the wanted driver, cash reward of up to $2,500 is being offered for tips in the case, with an extra $1,000 added if the tip comes in before midnight on Feb. 13.
"I don't think this will ever be easy for us; you know, with the loss off my brother, because he was so special and giving and loving," the victim's sister, Rosanne Menendez said at a news conference. "But bringing somebody to justice will close that portion of it."
Anyone who recognizes the vehicle seen in the photo above or who has any information about this incident should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP. Tips may also be submitted online at this link, or by texting CSM and the tip to CRIMES (2746370). As always, tipsters may stay 100 percent anonymous, will not be asked their names, to speak to police or to testify in court.
Cash rewards are paid by Crime Stoppers upon an arrest.