Family of man killed in hit-and-run asking for answers

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DENVER -- The family of a Denver man who died in a hit-and-run after his motorcycle crashed on I-25 is asking the drivers to do the right thing and come forward.

61-year-old Michael Martinez was riding his motorcycle to work around 4 a.m. Wednesday morning on I-25 near Alameda when he lost control as a semi passed him. Police say then two or three other vehicles ran over him, but did not stop.

Thursday, his son, Gabriel Martinez says, “To not stop after doing something like that it’s wrong.  At a minimum, stop to see if the individual is okay.”

The family says they forgive the drivers but want some answers so they can understand exactly what happened.  They say Martinez was a pastor, a marine, a motorcycle enthusiast and a family man who is much loved and will be missed by many.

Police say the semi driver may not have realized what happened but they believe the other drivers would have known they had just run over something.

A semitruck with a white cab with red lettering and a hopper style trailer, a box truck and a sedan are being sought.

Anyone with information is asked to call Denver police at 720-337-1000.