WHEATFIELD, N.Y. (WIVB) – “To leave a 16 year-old on the side of the road to just die is inhumane.”
Those are the words of grieving North Tonawanda mother, Lisa Fischer who lost her son to a hit and run driver.
It was last Thursday night at around 7 when 16 year-old Ryan Fischer was walking with traffic along the side of Krueger Road in Wheatfiled, holding hands with his girlfriend, Leeza Kallish.
“He told her that she had to stay on the inside of the street so he could protect her. That’s the kind of child that he was,” Fischer told News 4, describing her late son.
His girlfriend sensed that a car was coming up behind them. “She said she heard it coming, she tried to pull him but it just happened so fast,” Fischer explained.
Niagara County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Steve Preisch says she’s going to be reliving that for years to come, “Probably the rest of her life.”
Investigators do have some clues to work with. They found pieces of the vehicle’s passenger side headlight housing at the scene.
The pieces are being analyzed at the Erie County Crime lab. Police believe it may be a white or silver Nissan or Chevy that struck Ryan and kept on going. Ryan was left brain dead and died the following day.
“Knowing that your child’s never coming home, his little brother doesn’t have a big brother to look up to anymore, and that someone is out there knowing that they did this and not turning themselves in over it is heartbreaking,” said Fischer.
Ryan’s classmate Brittanee Barone says there are no words that can describe a person that could do this. “I don’t even understand how they can live with so much guilt that they did this to an innocent kid.”
Ryan’s mother doesn’t know whether the driver was drunk, but to those out drinking on Thanksgiving eve, she said, “I want people to know they need to call a cab. They need to have somebody safe take them home so that something like this doesn’t happen to somebody else’s child.
The vehicle deputies are looking for is either white, silver or gray. It might be a Chevy or Nissan, and it has damage to the front passenger headlight.
Anyone with information is asked to call 438-3327, or after hours 438-3394