Victim’s Voice: Family wants answers, closure to July deadly hit and run

“I am so sorry I didn’t hear you cry out for me because you knew I would’ve been there. Baby, I’m so sorry. You didn’t deserve this.”

His name was Javon Serf and he was 29 years old when he passed away.

That’s one of the messages Serf’s family wanted people to know as they continue to mourn his death nearly three months later without any answers to move forward.

Serf was riding his bicycle on Airline Hwy. around 4:15 a.m. on July 31st when a vehicle hit him while he was riding on the right shoulder of the roadway near Prescott Rd., according to police. Serf died at the scene.

Serf’s aunt, Dawn Johnson, said the family has minimal information to get some sort of closure on the case.

“We don’t have too much,” Johnson said. “We didn’t even have the exact location of where he was hit. All the detective has is a headlight fragment, which he said comes from either a Ford pickup truck or an SUV.”

Johnson said her nephew’s death was reported on when it happened, but he wasn’t identified in the news.

“He was just out there as an unidentified person,” she said. “Say his name. He wasn’t just an abandoned person on the street. He has a lot of family who loves him. He was out there for several hours before somebody found him. It’s devastating because he got hit not even three miles from his mother’s house.”

Javon’s mother, Dora Serf said in a Facebook post that her son didn’t deserve to pass away the way he did.

“He didn’t deserve to be left on Airline to suffer and die alone,” she said in the Aug. 8 post. “He loved people and he loved celebrating everyone’s accomplishments. I am so sorry I didn’t hear you cry out for me because you knew I would’ve been there. Baby, I’m so sorry. You didn’t deserve this.”

Serf, who would’ve turned 30 years old on Aug. 29 was the oldest of six children. Johnson said her nephew was a caring person who loved his family.

“He was a very humble person,” she said. “He didn’t have much but whatever he had, you were entitled to it. He spoiled his siblings with snacks and stuff. He was just a free-hearted, good-spirited person.”

Johnson said she believes someone saw something that night and the person should come forward.

“If you see something, come forward,” she said. “Someone had to have seen something. Airline is too busy of a road for someone to not have seen something.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 344-STOP.

If you’re a victim and want your voice heard, send in your submission here.

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