As family of hit-and-run victim mourns, they hope for justice

Dean Stegemoller
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - The family of a man killed in a hit-and-run crash is hoping for justice.

The crash happened last Tuesday at Bluff and Southport Road. It's a busy intersection where police hope other drivers may have information that could help.

Dean Stegemoller did not survive injuries after being struck by a vehicle. His 90-year-old mother, Laurella, never expected to outlive yet another son. She fought back tears talking about Dean during an interview with Eyewitness News Thursday afternoon. Dean is one of her five sons and they have one sister.

"Dean is gone, Dean is gone and no matter how many years it takes to find out who did it", said Laurella Stegemoller, "that person needs to spend the rest of their life behind bars."

The tears from Laurella Stegemoller don't even come close to a mother's pain of losing her son. She just can't understand what kind of person would hit someone and keep going.

"It's a tragedy. It's like a nightmare to me. I just can't believe it, that he had to die like that. He just turned 61," she said.

The driver never stopped after hitting Stegemoller, leaving the 61 year old with injuries that eventually claimed his life.

Dean's brother Dan will always remember his giving spirit.

"He may not have much money. But if it was your birthday, Dean would bring you by a card and give you a small gift or something," he said.

Dan shared photos with Eyewitness News from some of their family gatherings. They can only hope that whoever is responsible for his death has a conscience.

"All you think about is losing your brother", said Dan Stegemoller. "You don't think about all the other parts of him actually getting hit and who ever hit him."

The preliminary investigation shows the SUV that struck Dean is likely a 2004-2006 silver Chevy Silverado, Suburban, or Tahoe. The SUV will likely have damage on the front passenger side from the impact.

"If someone knows the person that hit Dean, they should come forward," Laurella said.

If you have any information that could help in this case, call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.