Local mother of son killed in motorcycle crash asks for help to find suspect

A local mother is still pleading for help after her son, Jimmy Blanton, was killed two years ago when a van hit his motorcycle at Huffman Avenue and East Third Street in Dayton.

News Center 7's James Buechele spoke on Sunday with the family, who is still holding onto hope.

“I can’t sleep until I get some type of justice,” said Rhonda Blanton, Jimmy’s mother. “It just hurts. You know, his birthday, the vigil; October’s just a really rough month.”

Rhonda was at her son’s grave this weekend on what would have been his 29th birthday.

“It’s sad that I have to come out here to celebrate his birthday here but this is where it has to be now,” she said.

The driver of the van ran from the scene of the hit-and-run and still has not been identified, but Jimmy’s mother still has hope that someone will come forward with information that will lead to an arrest.

“I just pray that whoever seen this seen the accident on Oct. 2, 2016. Please come forward, please give whatever you know,” said Blanton. “That’s all I have is faith. You know, I believe the good lord above will give us justice. I know he’s [Jimmy] watching over us and he’s protecting us because he was our protector.”

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