The last time Delores Norris saw her brother was when he came to her house just after midnight Saturday to borrow some money.
Four and a half hours later, his body was found in the grass by the side of Leestown Road, near Westhampton Drive.
Gary Akers, 57, apparently was hit by a vehicle while walking outbound on Leestown. Police have not found the vehicle or the driver.
Now, Norris and her family are left without closure, and they hope that somebody will come forward with information that could help police find the driver.
"We just want this to be closed," Norris said. "To find who did this would make me happy."
Officers are not sure how long Akers was there before passersby spotted him in the early morning. Several drivers stopped and tried to resuscitate him about 4:45 a.m. Saturday, but "by then it was too late," Lexington police Lt. Chris Van Brackle said.
Police have not found any witnesses, and they haven't received any tips that would lead to the car and driver.
During a news conference Tuesday, Van Brackle said police need the public's help in solving the case.
The vehicle that hit Akers was probably a car, rather than a truck or sport-utility vehicle, judging from the height of injuries to Akers' legs, Van Brackle said. Pieces of glass were found on Akers' clothing, making investigators think he was thrown over the car's hood and into the windshield, breaking it.
Akers probably rolled off the passenger side of the car as it drove away, possibly breaking the side mirror.
"What we expect to find on the vehicle that hit him, as far as damage, will be some moderate damage possibly to the front end," Van Brackle said. "The windshield should have some breaks on it, and the passenger-side mirror should also have some damage."
Van Brackle asked that anyone — friends, neighbors or mechanics — who has seen a car with that type of damage call police, especially if the car was not damaged Friday night.
The last person documented to have seen Akers was his sister, Van Brackle said.
Norris, 59, said her brother caught the last LexTran bus to her neighborhood Friday night and showed up outside her apartment on Garden Springs Drive about 12:15 a.m. Saturday. Norris said she did not know where he went after he left.
One of his friends called her Saturday and said he heard that Akers had been hit by a car.
"I called the coroner, and he told me that 'Yes, he is here,'" she said.
Norris said her brother had been going through some "hard times." He was unemployed and drawing supplemental security income. He lived in a motel on Georgetown Street, she said.
Akers had mental problems; he took an antidepressant and was probably bipolar, a condition that runs in the family, Norris said. She said her brother did not drink alcohol.
Van Brackle said police had come into contact with Akers before, although he had no recent arrest record in Lexington, according to jail records. Van Brackle said police occasionally encountered Akers walking around town, sometimes late at night.
"For him to be out walking at that time isn't unusual," he said.
Leaving the scene of a fatal accident is a felony in Kentucky, even if it was not the driver's fault. Van Brackle said it was unlikely that the driver of the car didn't know he or she had hit something.
"To continue to run and hide is what makes this worse," he said.
Anyone with information should call police at (859) 351-1603.