Sister of fatal hit and run victim: 'I just want to feel at peace'

Sam Williams, 30, was killed in a hit and run wreck while riding his motorcycle in 2016 (Source: Family)
Sam Williams, 30, was killed in a hit and run wreck while riding his motorcycle in 2016 (Source: Family)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - It's been 541 days since Katrina Williams had part of her taken away. "I'm not used to my brother being gone," Williams said. "I'm used to him being here with me."

Her brother, Sam Williams, 30, was the victim of a hit and run on October 26, 2016. It happened on Florida Boulevard near Sharp Lane. Katrina says news of the accident spread quickly. She called Sam that Wednesday afternoon, hoping to hear his voice. "So I'm calling and calling. I don't get an answer," she said.

Sam was on his motorcycle, traveling on his regular route home from work, when a vehicle swerved and hit him. Somehow, Sam's bike hooked onto the back right bumper of the vehicle and pulled him several feet. "When he let loose, he did a 360 in the street and hit the guardrail. That's where it actually split his neck," his sister recalled.

Sam died at the scene and his sister says the driver kept going. "We didn't expect his life to end such a young age," Katrina said. "It was a shock to me and I couldn't believe it. I still can't," she said.

While the traffic on Florida Boulevard moves on, a lack of leads has left Sam's family and this case at a standstill. "They couldn't even stop to check and see if he was hurt," Katrina said. "They're living well, probably with their family and kids, but my brother's not here to do that. He can't do that."

Katrina says her brother had only been a biker one year prior to the accident, but it quickly became a passion, calling his bike rides moments where he could clear his conscience and ease his mind. "That was something that he wanted. Sometimes you can't stop people from wanting to do stuff," she said.

The 30-year-old left behind children, whom Katrina says she loves like her own, and a lifetime of looking for the person responsible. "Right now, I just want someone to stand up and confess. Somebody to bring this family justice," she said. "I just want to feel at peace."

The Baton Rouge Police Department says they are still trying to identify the vehicle and driver involved in the crash. Anyone with information on this case can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 225-344-7867.

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