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Family mourns West Frankfort man killed in hit-and-run crash

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WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. -- A West Frankfort family is mourning the loss of a man who was killed in a hit-and-run crash.

Anita Brown mourns the loss of her husband, 47-year-old Jack Brown, whose loved ones called "Jackawacka."

"He was good person, he was a loving person, he loved everyone," Anita said. "I miss him really bad and I do hope they find the person."

Officials said he was killed in a hit-and-run crash early Saturday on Route 37, south of Benton sometime after 1:55 a.m.

The family told News 3 Brown went to the hospital Friday night, but left before getting discharged by doctors. Authorities said a utility worker discovered him at 7:40 a.m. and believe the vehicle involved was black. The incident remains under investigation.

"I just hope that he didn't suffer, you know, and I hope they find who did it to him because it was terrible and cruel," Anita said.

Brown's family and church community were proud of him for overcoming his alcohol addiction four months ago.

"He wanted to be involved with things for God at this point in his life," said Sheri Gunter, Brown's sister-in-law.

Brian Harris, First Christian Church of West Frankfort Minister, got to know Brown recently through church.

"We just saw a complete change in who he was to who he is," Harris said. "When his wife and sister-in-law mentioned that he would give his shirt off his back, that was the same experience I had. He was just very into serving and helping and whatever he could do, he knew he could offer that."

While the family grieves and misses "Jackawacka" dearly, they said his legacy will carry on. They also hope someone will step forward with more information about the incident.

"I just wish someone who knows anything about it can come forward so we can have some sort of closure," Gunter said.

If you have any information about this incident, contact the Franklin County Sheriff's Office at 618.438.4841 or 618.439.9252.

Anyone interested in helping this family can contact leaders at First Christian Church by emailing brianharrisfccwf@gmail.com or calling 618.932.6360.

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