WILLISTON PARK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – The widow of a Long Island man killed by a hit-and-run driver in Mineola is speaking out Tuesday.
Huguette Harrison spoke exclusively with CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan.
“We are devastated. We are still waiting for Joe to open that door,” Huguette said.
She says life since her husband Joseph’s hit-and-run death Oct. 2 is a living nightmare.
“They came to the door. ‘Mrs. Harrison, it’s concerning your husband.’ I just froze, started to shake,” she said.
Joe Harrison, 64, was a volunteer and environmentalist, father and grandfather. He biked daily to the Mineola LIRR station to commute to his job in Hicksville as a licensed chauffeur.
“It was unusual because he had that day off, and all of a sudden he had a phone call from his boss who said ‘Joe can you do me a favor, can you come in,'” Huguette said.
It was midnight when Harrison was discovered in the intersection of Mineola Boulevard and Washington Avenue. His bicycle was smashed, and his body sent sprawling.
“He really cared for people. He would stop and help anybody who needed help,” Huguette said.
Police are looking for a four-door Infiniti SUV, possibly silver or gray, with front end damage.
Neighbors and friends are on alert.
“Everybody can see if somebody has front end damage that look like a bike did it,” one family friend told McLogan. “This really has to get resolved. People just can’t leave people for dead.”
“He was a very spiritual person and a great listener,” Huguette said. “Joe was very well loved. Please turn yourself in so justice can be done. Please.”
Huguette, a Queens educator, says he husband was a passionate Yankee fan. She is grateful she and Joe told each other of their love and respect of one another on the day he was killed by the hit-and-run driver.
Anyone with information is asked to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.