Vigil held for victim of hit and run


As Plant City Police continue the search for a hit-and-run driver who killed a man last weekend, the victim's family and friends gathered Friday for a candlelight vigil.


Miguel Hernandez, Jr., 21, and two friends were leaving Fuego Bar and Grill on State Road 574 Sunday night when a car slammed into them. Hernandez was killed, the others survived.


"He was too young. He had a whole life ahead of him," said Hernandez's brother, Jose Vargas Hernandez. "He was unique, talented and for that to go at a young age, 21, that's unbelievable."


Jose and his sister, Celena Vargas, spoke with reporters following the vigil, which was held outside the same club their brother was leaving last week when the accident happened.


Vargas said she is still processing the loss. "This was his first time visiting here," she said. "My brothers are my babies. I still don't believe it. We're still in shock."


While the driver remains on the loose, police recovered the vehicle believed to be involved in the crash: a 2007 Cadillac Escalade.


Miguel Hernandez, Jr.'s loved ones are hoping the driver hears their grief and does the right thing.


"Just turn yourself in and we just pray for the best of you because no person could live like that knowing they hit three people," Jose Vargas Hernandez said.


Anyone with information should call the Plant City Police Department at (813) 757-9200.

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