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ID of hit and run driver responsible for 3-year old’s death still a mystery 25 years later

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The identity of the hit and run driver who struck 3-year old Argentry Montgomery, leading to his death, is still not known 25 years after the crime.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - City police still don't know who struck 3-year old Argentry Montgomery Jr. in July of 1995, leaving him for dead along a south Fort Wayne street.

Tracey Key, the boy's mom, and other close relatives are still hoping for tips from the public to help identify the hit and run driver and bring the person to justice.

It happened on July 21st of that year.

July 26th of 1995, the injuries were finally too much for Montgomery to survive.

Loved ones say Montgomery was sitting on a basketball on a section of sidewalk near the intersection of Lasselle and Warsaw Streets.

They say the driver of a small white car veered off Lasselle Street and struck the boy, hurling him into the air.

They say the driver then cut back onto the road and drove off without stopping.

Montgomery was rushed to the hospital by his mom, Tracey Key, but doctors couldn't save his life.

He died one day before his fourth birthday.

Witnesses saw the car, but didn't get a good look at the driver or license plate number.

Family members and their pastor gathered and prayed at the scene on Wednesday, wearing T-shirts with Argentry Montgomery's picture on them.

"Right now I'm okay, because God is taking care of us, he's taking us through this, and it's getting better, but you've got your memories," said Betty Paige, the child's grandmother.

"That's my child, nobody knows my feeling about my child, so, I just want justice and I just want my son, Argentry Montgomery, to know that mamma won't stop fighting for him," Tracey Key said.

"God will give us peace, He will, but He gives us peace through other people to help us put this puzzle back together and give us some clarity. So I want them to be faithful, but keep fighting for a just cause, because I think it's a just cause," said Pastor Robert Bell of True Love Missionary Baptist Church.

If you know anything about the crime from 25 years ago, especially the identity of the hit and run driver, you are urged to contact Fort Wayne police detectives at 427-1201.

Jeff Neumeyer

Jeff Neumeyer is a reporter for WPTA.

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