Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run in Dade City

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The Florida Highway Patrol is searching for the driver who fled the scene after hitting and killing a Dade City man Saturday night. 

The victim has been identified as 24-year-old Leon Gilbert-Bailey. 

Family said he was walking home just before 10 p.m. on Saturday when he was hit by an oncoming car traveling southbound on US-301, south of Gould Road. 

"I woke up out of my sleep to hear that my son is not here anymore," said Ellen Bailey, the victim's mother. 

FHP said that driver didn't stop to check on Gilbert-Bailey; instead the suspect kept driving. 

Gilbert-Bailey later died at a local hospital. 

"For them to just leave my brother out there like that, how could you do somebody like that?" questioned Cornnekiqwa Redfield, a sister of the victim.

However, Florida Highway Patrol said paint chips found at the scene could help solve the mystery.

Authorities believe they came from the suspect's car. They added that the vehicle most likely has significant damage to the front, right side.

"You don't understand how much pain y'all have caused my family. To do my brother like that and just leave him there," said Redfield.

The victim's family is now speaking out and searching for answers in the hours following the heartbreaking death. Through tears, they told FOX 13 that he was a devoted son and a loving brother. 

"My brother was the most sweetest, kindest, down to Earth person, regardless of what he went through," she said.

For family the heartbreak is overwhelming, but their message is simple.

"Accidents happen. Please turn yourself in," Bailey said.

They said their fight for answers is only just beginning. 

"I just want y'all to come forward please so my brother can lay at rest. And we can all be at peace and get justice for my brother," said Redfield.

Anyone with information is asked to contact FHP by calling 813-558-1800 or Crime Stoppers at 800-873-TIPS.