Mother pleads for her son's killer to come forward one year after his hit-and-run death

One year after Michael Morlang was killed in a hit and run on Frank Kenny Road his mother is asking the driver responsible to come forward so she can have closure.

Kathy Morlang said she believes the driver may be suffering as well and wants him or her to be able to find peace as well.

"I don't hate you. I may learn to forgive you. But please come forward so that you also have closure and that you can also learn to move on with your life because I am sure it is also difficult on (you) too," she said Monday afternoon.

She and her husband Brian Visneskie were gathered at the site of the roadside memorial they built for Michael after his passing which was one day before his 31st birthday.

"I can't move on from that day because when I think of what the next day would have been and what it brought to me and what I had to spend the day doing I don't know if I will ever get over it," she said.

On what would have been Michael Morlang's 32nd birthday, Kathy plans to release 32 balloons. On the anniversary of his death she sent one solitary balloon into the sky bearing a note to her only son.

Kathy said she misses him every day.

"And I don't think it gets easier, I think I miss him more and more every day. I miss his hugs, I miss his smile," she said.

Despite the fact it's been a year since Michael was killed Kathy said she and her husband have had few of their questions answered. They don't know why the driver failed to stop. They don't know exactly when their son was struck. Most importantly they don't know who was at the wheel.

That knowledge will give them the closure to move forward. Kathy said she understands the driver who killed her son may be afraid to come forward but she's encouraging that person to speak to someone about what happened.

"Whether it be the police or whomever else it will help to release some of the worry off of their shoulders also," she said, adding that she hopes the driver's family and friends will support him or her through this difficult time as well.

Police say they believe the burgundy 1997-1998 or 2003-2010 GM involved in the crash might have been repaired at a local shop after it was damaged in the collision.

They're asking anyone with information to call Det. Nigel Emaman of the Ottawa Police Service Collision Investigation Section at 613-236-1222, ext. 2481 or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS) or toll free at 1-800-222-8477.

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