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Marana man killed by hit and run driver, family speaks out

TUCSON – The family of the victim who was killed by a hit and run driver last Friday is speaking out.

Dominic Romero, 20, was a well-known roper in Marana.

According to Pima County Sheriff deputies, Dominic was struck by a vehicle off Manville and Orange Grove road around 2:30 a.m. Officials are still searching for the suspect they believe hit Dominic and drove off.

“You had to have known that you hit something,” Danny Arbizo, Dominic’s Uncle said. “There was another vehicle that came behind the vehicle and fortunately he was able to stop and render aid but at that time it was too late.”

Dominic had just turned 20 and is described as someone filled with life who loved to dance.

“We would have been celebrating his birthday on Friday he was so excited,” Michelle Arbizo Dominic’s mother said.

His family left with grief as they remember him as an animal lover and a people person.

“He left a void in a lot of hearts,” Robert Romero Dominic’s father said. “I’m still in shock it’s still unreal, just unreal.”

With emotions all too raw, they are hoping to get closure.

“I’m hoping that the person or anyone who knows anything that, out of there goodness of their heart, they’ll come forward and say they know who did it,” Michelle said.

Dominic’s love for animals felt by the community, so much that the family says they have been receiving donations given to the Triple L Feed and Supply in town to make sure his horse PJ that he loved to ride stays fed.

“People from other states have been donating an I want to say thank you to everyone who has done that,” said Michelle, “He was my dancing partner and I’m so lost without him.”

Dominic will be laid to rest on Thursday. If you have any information on this hit-and-run, you’re asked to call police or 88-CRIME to remain anonymous.

On Saturday the family says their will be a team roping event at Padilla Arena around 10:00 a.m. where they will release a steer and say a prayer for Dominic. The address is 2525 South Mission Rd.




Charity Freeman

Charity Freeman

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