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‘A Beautiful Soul': Family Seeks Justice for Man Killed in Hit-And-Run Crash in Fort Lauderdale

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Family members of a man who was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Fort Lauderdale Thursday are seeking justice for their loved one, a man who is being remembered as a "beautiful soul."

"He was kind and generous to a fault and loving," said Allison Oja, the niece of 55-year-old Glen Flaherty. "He would give you the shirt off his back."

Flaherty was struck and killed while crossing the street in the 1500 block of NE 4th Avenue Thursday, officials said. The crash happened at 12:29 a.m.

Investigators said Flaherty was trying to cross NE 4th Avenue when a dark colored, cargo-style van struck him and fled the scene. The driver continued to go eastbound on NE 16th Street without stopping, officials said.

Flaherty was rushed to Broward Health Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.

Family members said Flaherty, a realtor from Minneapolis, was in Fort Lauderdale on business. Relatives said they are left with a huge hole in their hearts following the tragic crash.

"He was really the light of our family," said Maureen Anderson, Flaherty's sister. "He was the funniest guy you would ever want to meet, the smartest guy, great businessman."

Anderson and other family members are asking the community to come forward with any information on the driver or the vehicle.

She is hoping new information or details will help them gain closure.

"If anybody knows anything or can say anything, what a difference it would make to our family to know that the police were able to do something about this horrendous thing."

Anyone with information about the crash is urged to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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