Family desperate for answers after brother killed in hit-and-run

Family desperate for answers after brother killed in hit-and-run

PENN HILLS, Pa. — A local family is desperate for answers after their brother was killed in a hit-and-run. 

"You think in the first 48 hours that it could be solved, and the longer it goes on, you think maybe it’s not possible," said Joe Morris' sister, Patricia Verbanic.

Last Sunday, Morris was dragged for a half-mile by a car on Hershey Road, and no one has been arrested.

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"It’s just been awful. There’s no words that can describe when you lose a family member and they’re ripped out of your hands," Verbanic said.

Police have surveillance video of the car they think was involved, and they are seeking the help of local auto body shops.

In addition, Morris' family has purchased a billboard to help spread the word and attract attention to the case.


There's a $13,000 reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest of the driver. The money has come from donors.

"The support we’ve received has just been phenomenal. Anonymous donors coming forward have wanted to help and offered their services to our family for this time," Verbanic said.

County detectives said they're also going around to local body shops and telling them to be on the lookout for the car. It may have damage to the hood and front driver's side.

For now, Verbanic is focusing on happier times and the memories she has of her brother.