Victim's wife to hit-and-run driver: 'Please come forward'



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Posted on June 28, 2012 at 11:29 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 29 at 7:56 PM



FORT WORTH - Kay Riffle leans over her husband's motionless body in a hospital room at Harris Methodist in Fort Worth.

He's a husky construction worker. She takes his thick hand in her own.

"Honey, can you move one finger?" she pleads, softly.

Riffle spends her days trying to coax life from her husband.

"Mitch, can you open your eyes for me?" she whispers. "I love you."

It's been two weeks, and still no one can tell her whether Mitch Riffle will ever wake up.

She invites us into such private space in hopes that one man will see it. And feel a little of her pain. And hear the call of his own conscience.

"If you did this, please come forward," she said, directly addressing a driver who clipped Riffle's truck and kept on going. "Please tell us. Give us some closure. Give us a chance to forgive you. Tell us you're sorry."

Mitch Riffle was a passenger in a small truck on June 14 about 5:30 p.m. He and the driver were headed east on I-20, down Ranger Hill near his home in Eastland. The driver said he saw a dark pickup in the rearview mirror, just before it knocked the smaller truck tumbling.

An off-duty deputy, unaware of the crash, noted a damaged four-door or extended-cab pickup, granite blue with chrome wheels and a Chevy emblem on the back window. A family friend thinks he saw the driver checking front end damage at the Tudor Road exit off I-20.

"[The friend] got a good look at him," Kay Riffle said. "Said he was about 6'1" with blond hair and a blond goatee."

The descriptions are going up on posters and spreading on Facebook, including a page for Mitch Riffle.

The cruelty of not knowing is just one more burden this family must bear. But they know at least someone out there has the power to lift it.

If you have any information about this crash, contact the DPS in Eastland at 254-629-2849.