The family of a Durham man who was killed by a hit-and-run driver is devastated by his loss and enraged that someone would leave him for dead on the side of the road.
Durham Police are investigating after Isidro Razo, 49, was found dead in a ditch Sunday morning on Angier Avenue. Officers responded to the 3300 block of Angier Avenue at approximately 6:15 a.m.
Upon arrival police found Razo in the ditch. Razo was a construction worker who lived on the 3800 block of Angier Avenue.
Where Razo was hit, there is virtually no room between the roadway and the dirt shoulder. There is also a slight hill, and vehicles whip along the street going much faster than the posted 45 mph.
Razo’s niece, Jessica Canuto, said, “My uncle was really hard-working. He would always remind us how much he loved us every single day.”
Razo’s family found out about the accident when they saw a text message about a hit-and-run not far from their home.
“It turns out it was him,” Canuto said.
Investigators said Razo’s bike became entangled in the car and then was thrown to the side of the road.
“He would always go back and forth all the time – whether it was raining, snowing, anything,” Canuto said. “That was his transportation. It’s how he got to his job.”
But it was something that also worried his family.
“It was something we thought about every day – as he went back and forth,” Canuto said. “It’s dangerous sometimes but that was his only transportation he had himself.”
Razo lived with his mother and other relatives, including one of his grandsons, Lewis Razo.
“He understands when I’m sad,” Lewis Razo said. “He loves me. Every time I go with him he buys me anything I want. He loved me so much and I missed him so much.”
Investigators say they don’t have much information to go on. There is some debris that was recovered by the side of the road indicating that the car that hit him was black but there are few other clues. Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.
“Please come forward,” Canuto said. “He has family like you do, and if something were to happen to you, you wouldn’t want to know who did it or why or when. Please come forward.”