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Hartford hit-and-run victim's mother continues to cope with grief

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Maritza De Jesus said she's coping with the death of her son, Luis Maldonado. (WFSB photos) Maritza De Jesus said she's coping with the death of her son, Luis Maldonado. (WFSB photos)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

The mother of a Hartford hit-and-run victim said she's coping with immense grief.

Luis Maldonado, 34, was struck and killed while changing a tire on Preston Street over the weekend.

His mother spoke exclusively with Eyewitness News Monday.

"I was sleeping and my other son knocked on my bedroom door and told me the police were here," said Maritza De Jesus, Maldonado's mother.

De Jesus said that's when she was told the last words any mother wants to hear, especially on Mother's Day.

She said her beloved Luis was gone, pronounced dead on the scene of a hit-and-run.

Police said the incident happened a little after 5 a.m.

"I'm still numb about it," De Jesus said.

Maldonado, a father of three whose daughter recently celebrated a 13th birthday just days before, would not be coming home.

"Through God, that's what's giving me the strength," De Jesus said. "He'll help me."

Bright roses rest on a dining room table were a Mother's Day gift from Maldonado.

As Maldonado's grief-stricken family mourns, they said there is much on their minds. However, the driver of the car who left them in pain is not among their heavy thoughts.

"Whether they arrest him or not, it's not going to make a difference," De Jesus said. "I don't have any of [those] feelings towards whoever it was."

Police said they continue to look for a black Nissan Maxima, the driver of which was likely speeding at the time of the incident on Sunday morning.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Hartford police.

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