Hit and run cold case haunts family

Posted at 11:24 PM, Aug 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-07 23:24:09-04

For Karen Freeland, the pain of losing her husband in a hit-and-run has never gone away.

"It's horrible. I relive it every August from the day August starts to the day it ends. It doesn't go away," she said.

Jimbo Freeland was 30-years-old when he was hit and killed on te 190-290 split in the Town of Tonawanda on August 22, 1992.

It's been 25 years, and the driver who hit him has never been caught. 

"It would bring my daughters and I a lot of peace if we could finally solve this," Karen said.

There have been several reported hit and run accidents in Western New York this summer, and this family knows the pain that never goes away. It's part of the reason Karen wanted to bring Jimbo's story back to light.

"We will continue to do so until it is solved, and I know that may not happen but I would like to believe that someone out there does know and with time they would understand how much it would mean to be able to do this for him," she said.

Freeland hopes her tragedy will motivate other families dealing with hit-and-run cases to keep the pressure on authorities, never give up to find the driver responsible.