Family searches for answers after Knoxville man killed in Florida hit-and-run

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - A West Knoxville family is heartbroken and asking for answers after a man was tragically killed in a hit-and-run crash in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Investigators in Florida say it happened just after 9 p.m. Sunday in downtown West Palm Beach. Paul McKee, 47, died and his wife, Alicia, is now recovering in the hospital.

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The McKees were in Florida on a work trip. Paul McKee owns a tech company in East Tennessee that installs lighting and audio systems. Their loved ones in Knoxville say losing him is beyond painful. They want to know who was driving that car and why didn't they stop.

"He'll never get to hold his granddaughter or see his granddaughter or finish raising his son. And my cousins, they don't have a dad anymore," said McKee's niece Linn Guerrero Justice.

Police in Florida say the car that likely hit McKee and his wife is a 2008-2011 Mazda Tribute missing a fog light. Investigators say the driver is described as a middle aged woman who may have short, curly hair.

"If anybody knows anything, please, please call the West Palm Beach police," said Justice.

This tragic passing is not how the family wants McKee to be remembered. They say he was funny, helpful, and a man whose foundation was with family.

"We just got married a few weeks ago and he and Alicia threw our wedding show. Even on our wedding day, he got to the venue three hours before our wedding even started just to see what he could do to help," said Justice.

Loved ones are waiting and hoping for answers.

"This is a good man and this is a good family. Please help us find this person who did this," added Justice.

McKee's two sisters are now in Florida by his wife's side while she recovers in the hospital. They say they're thankful McKee's 12-year-old son wasn't with the couple at the time because he could've been hit or worse.

If you know anything about the hit-and-run, you're asked to call West Palm Beach Police at (561) 822-1900.


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