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Best friend pleading for driver to come forward after fatal hit-and-run

Posted at 6:37 PM, Aug 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-24 09:37:54-04

The best friend of Johnny Sabo is pleading for the driver in the hit-and-run that killed him to come forward.

On Aug. 15, Sabo was found in the road near Harmon and Wynn by a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper.  According to police, he had been pushing a shopping cart near the curb when he was hit.   The driver or a vehicle description still haven't been identified.

The loss was especially hard for Daria Jepsen, his best friend of 25 years.  She remembers Sabo as a larger than life figure and an amazing singer.  "He could sing everything from rock and roll to opera," she says.

She says even though over the years she had offered to let him live with her and even get him a car, Sabo was a free spirit, and chose to be homeless.  "He didn't want to feel like a burden," she says. "But he never was."

Jepsen was always concerned about her friend pushing carts along the road, and the hit and run was her greatest fear come true.

"Because he was left like that in the middle of the street to die and suffer, how scared he must have been," Jepsen says.  "He must have been so frightened."

She now wants justice for her friend, and is pleading for the driver to come forward. "I know you're scared," she says. "I would be. But they will get you."

But more importantly, she wants the driver to know that Sabo was more than just a man pushing a cart. "He was loved and he will be so greatly missed."

If you have any information on the car or the driver, call police.