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Possible car and driver identified in Spokane Valley hit-and-run

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Family says Rob Royer was victim in hit and run in Spokane Valley. He was father of 2, and wife just had a baby Family says Rob Royer was victim in hit and run in Spokane Valley. He was father of 2, and wife just had a baby
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 SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. – Robert Royer's fiancée Tina Murray says the fact that he is gone has not fully registered with her yet. She says it is such a tough situation and everything happened so fast.

“I want to tell her again and again, I really do love you, don't let this end,” Tina said reading a poem Robert had written for her.

Tina Murray showed us dozens of poems and notes, all written by Robert for her and for their daughter.

“I'm just going to miss him so much,” Tina said. “All his notes, we left notes for each other and in Royann's lunch box, little notes.”

Little notes, just one of the many things Tina will always remember about the man she loved.

“Rob was a very generous and forgiving man,” Tina explained. “He had lots of hobbies and he was an awesome dad.”

Tina says Rob loved fixing, restoring, and riding bikes. Something he started to pass on to their six-year-old daughter Royann and something he planned to share with his one month old son Ron. Rob already had a bike picked out for Ron.

“He was really looking forward to restoring it,” Tina explained.

The night of the accident, Rob and a friend were riding their bikes to the river to catch a fish as a surprise for his daughter. Although he never made it, Tina says she takes some solace in how he spent his last moments.

“He died on what he loved, his bike, and he was going to do something for someone he loved,” Tina said. “He was so excited when he left, so excited about this fish and so happy.”

Tina says life without Rob will be hard, but the memories will always be with them.

“She just said, well I know he's in my heart, she said daddy's in my heart,” Tina said when explaining how their daughter took the news. “I said yeah he is, he's always in your heart. I don't know where she learned that, but she told me, well, dad's in my heart.”

If you would like to help the family with funeral costs they have setup an account online. It can be found at www.gofundme.com/helpingrob

 

 

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 SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. (AP) - The wife of a bicycle rider who was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Spokane Valley says he had worked late Monday and was going fishing afterward in the Spokane River when he was struck.

Tina Murray told The Spokesman-Review (http://bit.ly/1qo3FWs ) Robert Royer hoped to catch a fish for his 6-year-old daughter and keep it on the line and pretend she caught it herself the next day.

Spokane County sheriff's Cpl. Brett Hubbell says deputies found the car that they believe struck Royer early Tuesday and have been in contact with the driver.

The 47-year-old Royer was hit just a few blocks from his home.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com

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Neighbors concerned after fatal hit and run
By KHQ Reporter Gabe Cohen

A 47-year-old man died in a hit-and-run around 1:30 Tuesday morning. The man, Robert Royer, was riding his bicycle near I-90 and Park Rd in Spokane Valley when he was hit.

Royer's wife described him as a loving father and friend.

A neighbor of the victim, Jodi Pennington, says she's concerned about the lack of street lighting and traffic signs on the road.

“There's no street lights and I'm really not very surprised at all. You can't see anything out here at night – it's completely dark,” Pennington said.

Pennington told KHQ she has called the city in the past asking for a street light to be put in, but did not receive a response.

With a park and swimming pool just across the street from her home, Pennington said, cars simply drive too fast.

“It's scary to see how fast people drive through here,” she said. “There's no speed limit reduction – nothing like that.”

Pennington said in more than six years of living in this neighborhood, she hasn't seen anything like this happen. She says the accident will make the parents in the neighborhood much more cautious about letting their kids roam at night.

“[Drivers] think it's just an open stretch to race and it's not.”

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