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Family Of 22-Year-Old Killed In Hit-And-Run Ask Driver To Come Forward

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Family and friends of a man killed by a hit-and-run driver in Cypress Hills two days ago are asking the driver to come forward.

Police still haven't found the driver who killed 22-year-old Elvis Batista-Francisco, who was riding a moped at the intersection of Highland Place and Arlington Avenue Saturday morning when he was hit by a dark blue Nissan sedan.

Surveillance video shows that both drivers rolled through a four-way stop sign, but the driver of the car kept going after the crash.

Emergency personnel pronounced Francisco dead at the scene.

Family members gathered at the scene on Monday to make a memorial for Batista-Francisco.

They said Batista-Francisco moved to New York City from the Dominican Republic over the summer.

Family members also said he was studying English at the Brooklyn Adult Learning Center and worked six days a week.

“Whoever did this, man, he will get caught. Because there’s justice here, man. Believe that,” said cousin Saul Cruz.

“He always managed to put a smile on anybody’s face, man,” Cruz added. “He was always so full of life. Real happy, all the time.”

Police have made no arrests and have no one in custody but are investigating.

Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

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