Family still searching for answers in David Cabral's hit-and-run death


    It’s been five months since Wanda Cabral Boyd lost her oldest son to a hit-and-run crash.

    “I don’t know how this happened that he was on the road and someone ran over him," Boyd said.

    26-year-old David Cabral was leaving a friends house when he was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver.

    Troopers are still looking for clues that will lead to the person behind the wheel.

    “He was 26 years old, a father, loved his daughter and full of life always on the go," Boyd said.

    David Cabral was loved by his friends and family, “nobody deserves to go out the way he did. He also has a little girl and a baby on the way he has loved ones left behind that have no idea why,” said his brother Richard Cabral.

    In 2018, 198 people died in hit-and-run crashes across the state of Florida.

    Major Eileen Powell with Florida Highway Patrol says more than 1,000 thousand people were injured in hit-and-run crashes.

    “Hit and run crashes actually account for about 25 percent of all crashes that occur in the state of Florida," Powell said.

    In the same year there was over 100,000 thousand hit-and-runs.

    And families like the Cabral's are left wondering what happened, “you can stay anonymous just come forward and say it,” Boyd said.

    Wanda Cabral says she will always wonder what would have happened if the driver stayed at the scene, “what if that could have saved David.”

    The Cabral family said understanding why will help them have closure, “that’s the biggest thing just come forward we will work through this. We just need closure, was this an accident, or did you purposely run over my kid.”

    If you know any information about what happened to David Cabral or any other hit-and-run victims authorities urge you to call Crime Stoppers at 352-372-STOP, or head over to Florida Highway Patrol's website.

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