Brother of teen killed in hit-and-run: 'Man up to what you did' - FOX 35 News Orlando

Brother of teen killed in hit-and-run: 'Just come forward. Stop the pain for us'

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

Instead of planning a high school graduation party for 17-year-old Steven Mieses, his family is now planning his funeral.  

Loved ones of the high school senior struck by two cars that did not stop Friday night are pleading with those drivers to come forward in the deadly crash.

"Whoever two are the two that just left -- you took the best part of my family away," brother Raymond Mieses said. "You devastated my family. You're killing us all on the inside."

The Florida Highway Patrol says Steven was trying to cross Weatherbee Road near Landstar Boulevard when he was struck by three vehicles. The first, a 2003 Mitsubishi Montero driven by Jose Shelvin, 29, of Orlando, stopped at the scene. Shelvin will not be charged.

Troopers say Steven Anthony Mieses died at the scene.

Two other cars hit Steven and kept driving. Troopers say the third car even dragged Steven several yards and did not stop.

Raymond Mieses said Steven was more than just his little brother; he was his best friend.  

"If you have any courage at all, just come forward. Just stop the pain for my mom and for me. You're killing us. Just come forward and be brave. Man up. Man up for what you did. Just come forward," Mieses said.

The FHP says Steven was jaywalking, but Steven's uncle, Marcus Gomez, doesn't believe that.

"We come from New York City, where you have to cross in the crosswalk at the corner or we get summons or run over. And we carry that. We're born and raised New Yorkers," Gomez said. He also said his nephew was very responsible and cautious.  

Gomez says he had been hoping this was all just a bad dream. But reality hit him hard Sunday morning, when he had to identify his nephew's body at the Orange County Medical Examiner's Office.

Gomez believes Steven's death could have been avoided if there were better lighting on the busy stretch of Weatherbee Road. Light from the one street light near the intersection is shaded over by a large tree.

"They didn't see him. Why didn't they see him? Because there's no proper lighting in these streets. There's no skid marks on the street," Gomez said.

The FHP asks that motorists be on the lookout for a white Dodge Neon with front-end damage and another white car with damage to the undercarriage. Anyone with information is asked to call FHP.

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