A mother’s grief: ‘Hope they don’t kill somebody else’

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — “It’s been really rough, you know,” Lynda Hunter said. “You don’t expect to lose a child.”

Not only was her 24-year-old son Daniel Ramsey hit and killed as he crossed North Fessenden at Alma almost a year ago, she still doesn’t know who did it.

There is still no justice in the case, and she has no answers to the questions that haunt her.

Walking hand-in-hand

Daniel Ramsey lived in Scotts Mills and was working as a mechanic in Canby. But he was in Portland to visit his girlfriend, Darian Conley, when they decided to get a bite to eat around 10 p.m. on November 26, 2017.

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This is the spot on North Fessenden and Alma in Portland where Daniel Ramsey was hit and killed by a driver. A year later, the case remains unsolved, October 2018 (KOIN)

Just before 10 p.m., they were walking hand-in-hand to get food. They looked both ways before they crossed the street.

A speeding car came out of nowhere, perhaps a dark-colored early 2000s BMW 525i — the make and model of a car caught on surveillance video around the time of the crash.

Days after the hit-and-run, Conley described those terrifying moments.

“I look to my left and there was a car about 10 to 15 feet and the headlights were there,” she said. “And that was it.”

Ramsey’s body flew a block down the road. But somehow, Darian Conley was untouched.

“It should have been both of us,” she said back then. “I don’t know if somehow he pushed me back or what, but somehow he saved my life that night.”

‘Hoping they don’t decide to kill somebody else’

Lynda Hunter said her son was the kind of person who would save somebody else’s life during a moment of danger. He was a mechanic who also loved animals and trucks.

He had his whole life ahead of him, “and it got cut really short.”

Lynda Hunter's son, Daniel Ramsey, was killed by a hit-and-run driver. A year later, the case remains unsolved, October 2018 (KOIN)

Not a day goes by she doesn’t think of her son. “Everyday,” she said, not able to fight back tears.

“There’s a certain song when it comes on the radio, I have to turn my radio all the way down because if I hear the song, then I just start bawling.”

That song — Cole Swindell’s “You Should Be Here” — was played at her son’s funeral.

“I loved him,” she said, “and I miss him.”

What she wants now, she said, is peace and justice.

She holds out hope someone will come forward with information about the speeding driver who hit her son and just kept going.

“I’m hanging in there. It’s been rough emotionally,” she said. “I’m just hoping that they don’t decide to kill somebody else out there, too.”

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a reward for information in the case. Surveillance video showing the suspect vehicle was released shortly after it happened.

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