Man killed by hit-and-run driver in Durham had wife and children

DURHAM (WTVD) -- There would be no Memorial Day celebration Monday for one Durham family mourning the loss of their beloved relative struck and killed by a driver over the holiday weekend.

Durham Police say Isidro Razo, 49, was left for dead in a ditch in the 3300 block of Angier Avenue early Sunday morning.

Police say Razo was on the right side of the road headed north on his bicycle when a black vehicle struck him, throwing him several feet.

Skid marks from his bicycle and the point of impact were still visible on the road the day after the crash.

Razo's family first learned of the accident via an ABC11 news alert. Only later would Jessica Canuto, Razo's niece, realize it was her beloved uncle.

"I got to see him every day and it's hard to know that he would go and I'm here expecting him to come home and he didn't come home," said Canuto. "I have no idea who it could've been and it's not right."

Nearby residents say Angier Avenue is known for speeders. Police haven't ruled out the possibility it was an impaired driver who hit Razo's bicycle.

His family says he was a construction worker who diligently commuted by bicycle. It was his only form of transportation while he worked to save money to send to his wife and three adult children in Mexico.

"My uncle was really hardworking," said Canuto. "He was so nice. He would always remind us how much he really loved us every day."

He was also committed to family, according to his grandson. Upon his arrival to Durham, he says Razo went in search of him and made a point to build a relationship. He's now inspired to pursue a career in architecture in honor of his grandfather's memory.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.

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