Hit and run victim's family hopes case doesn't go cold
INDEPENDENCE - After six months with little to no answers, friends and family members of 20-year-old Jamin Robinson are fearful the case could go cold.
Robinson was killed last July less than 200 yards from his home on Kemp Street, when investigators believe he was hit by a slow moving car while walking. The impact caused a severe head injury. Robinson died two days later.
Many within the community question if Robinson was actually hit by a car. For months, rumors have swirled that Robinson was hit and then beaten to death. After his death, family members said Robinson had no visible bruises on his body that would indicate a typical hit-and-run victim's body.
Since then, the speed limit on Kemp Street has dropped to 15 miles per hour, and residents expect sidewalks to be added there in the near future.
Even though there have been some significant changes in their neighborhood, Robinson's sister, Chasity Jackson hopes someone comes forward.
"Being a small town, it's kind of hard for someone not to know something. Hopefully we find out what happened. I truly believe it was an accident and whoever did it, I just pray that they turn themselves in," Jackson said.
For months, Independence Police have received many tips but none have panned out. Police Chief Frank Edwards promised this case will not go cold.
"We certainly have the interest of the law enforcement and we're again asking for the people, if you know something to please come forward," Edwards said.
Investigators have raised the reward for a suspect from $2000 to $3000.