Family of hit and run victim asks driver to turn self in - FOX 35 News Orlando

Family of hit and run victim asks driver to turn self in

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

The family of a man killed on Tuesday morning in a hit and run wreck on Interstate 4 is trying to come to terms.

"He had just dropped me off at work 30 minutes before he died," said Maira Manikus, Ernie Centeno's fiancé.  "At 1:25, he kissed me, like every morning.  I told him, 'Baby be careful,' I would see him that afternoon.'"

She says he was on his way to work when he was killed. 

The Florida Highway Patrol tells FOX 35 that the driver in front of Ernie ran over a piece of tire, sending it airborne.  That hit Ernie, ejecting him from his motorcycle.  Investigators say he was then run over by a truck and that driver left the scene.

"It's not going to bring him back, but at least apologize. We all know it was a mistake, unavoidable. You took a father away, a husband away," said Maira Manikus.

Pictures loved ones shared with FOX 35 show Ernie as a family man.  He was a father of four, his youngest children ages 14 and 20.  Anyone who knew Ernie knew his passion was his children and motorcycles. 

Maritza Camacho was Ernie's ex-wife.  She says, "He was always making sure his children were ok. He was a great dad. A great ex-husband. A great man. He had a lot of friends." 

Maritza says her children are having a difficult dealing with the shocking reality of their father's death.  She says they need closure.

"If anybody knows anything, call detectives. I want my kids to know this guy was caught and dealt with in court."

Adding to the difficulty of this tragedy, the family is in limbo.  His family doesn't have the money to have a funeral or bury Ernie.  They spent the day on the phone calling family and friends, but still have not been able to come up with the cash.

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