Wife watches husband die in hit-and-run motorcycle crash, sends message to driver
The wife of a man killed in a hit-and-run motorcycle crash Wednesday sent a message directly to the driver. The victim's wife was following right behind him and saw the crash unfold.
Friends, family and motorcyclists set up a memorial at the corner of Elm and Savannah to remember 29-year-old Raymone Calhoun. Police said he died Wednesday when a car ran a stop sign, crashed into him and drove away. Police are still looking for that driver.
Raymone Calhoun's wife, Lisa Lara, was driving just feet behind the crash.
"It's a human being that you left there. You took his life. You took his life," Lara said, sending a message to the driver. "He didn't deserve that. We were blocks away from the home. That's what hurts the most."
Lara watched her husband die.
"Everything is a blur still. It happened so quick. The next thing I hear is the noise. Him and the pieces of the bike lying. In the car kept going! He laid there on the street," Lara said through tears.
Police said the driver of the car ran a stop sign, hit Calhoun and drove away.
"I came to him and I kept telling him I was there and I was calling 911. I just wanted him to know I was there," Lara said.
"He was a loving person. He would help anybody," said Calhoun's aunt, Melissa Banks.
His mom, Vanessa Mitchell, said Raymone was a good son, husband and a great father figure to Lisa's three kids.
"He would never tell me no. He was always right there when I need him," Mitchell said.
The family wants to send a message to the driver.
"Please turn yourself in. You need to turn yourself in to authorities and you need to face what you've done," Banks said. "We were in shock. We were in complete shock. Total disbelief. Just the fact that someone can do that. Can hit someone, cause an accident and just flee the scene as though nothing ever happened. Just keep going. Not to render aid or help him out. Ultimately, he lost his life because of it."
"He had a mother. You left him there. Family, aunts, uncles. He's not an animal. You didn't even try to stop," Lara said.
Police said Calhoun was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. His family wants to remind El Pasoans how important it is to wear protective gear and to yield to the stop signs.
"I close my eyes and I see it. I've slept about two hours. I will never be the same. Never," Lara said.
Lara says strangers came out of their home to help her during what is the most devastating moment in her life.
She hopes to see the woman again who helped dial her phone because she was too shaken up to dial the numbers.
"I was in a panic," Lara explained "All of the people that came out were more than helpful. they kept telling me he was alive. I knew that wasn't true. But they kept my strength up and they came out of their homes and they extended a hand without thinking about it twice. Things are a blur. It happened so fast. But there were multiple people holding me and telling me I was going to be OK."
She also wants to send a message to the Borderland community:
"Don't forget to tell people you love them. Your life changes in an instant," Lara said. "We were in a vehicle together, he got off to pick up his bike, and I will never get to hold him or see him again. Say good morning or good night. Don't take those things for granted."
Police are looking for a man 18-20 years old, and his greenish-blue sedan with damage. If you have any information, call El Paso police.