Police seek driver in fatal Issaquah hit-and-run

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — Authorities are searching for the driver who hit and killed a Bellevue man.

"I need to find the person that did this to my son," Grisel Loyoza said.

Her 21-year-old son, Kevin Lozoya, was at a friend's surprise birthday party in Issaquah where he grew up.

"I called him," Lozoya said. "I asked, 'Kevin, what time you want me to pick you up?' And he says, 'Mom, give me one more hour.' I spoke to him at 12:34."

By 1 a.m. Sunday morning, Kevin had left the party. He was walking along Southeast 53rd Street. His family never heard from him again.

"About six in the morning, the nephew called and said there was an accident," Guillermo, Vargas, Grisel's boyfriend, said.

Issaquah police said Kevin was struck by a dark colored truck with tinted windows, and a modified suspension to increase its height.

The nephew's call filled the family with dread.

"And that's when we just jumped out of bed and started hitting hospitals, police departments. We weren't able to get any information at that time until about 9 a.m.," Vargas said.

That is when the King County Medical Examiner confirmed their worst fears.

Grisel described her son as a quiet, upstanding young man. He was supposed to fly back to Colorado at noon today. He had transferred from Bellevue College to a college in Denver.

Now she is pleading with the person who hit him to come forward.

"Please just turn himself," Grisel said. "Please, because I am a mother. Please. I need justice for my son."

The driver has not come forward.

Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call Issaquah police or the Washington State Patrol.