NEW: ‘There’s no closure’: One year later, family still awaits justice in fatal hit-and-run crash

Updated Sept 07, 2018
Kevin Scheinberg, seen here with his sister Sonny, was killed Sept. 2, 2017, when a car crashed into his motorcycle near Yamato Road in Boca Raton. No arrests have been made in the case. (Photo provided by the Scheinberg family)

The calendar has gone full circle but brought no closure to the family of Kevin Scheinberg.

Sonny Scheinberg said she and her family on Sunday quietly observed the one-year anniversary of the day her “beautiful, tall, goofy and sweet” big brother was killed in a hit-and-run crash on Interstate 95. 

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But while there were no formal remembrances, she said the night of Sept. 2, 2017, is never far from her thoughts. Neither is the fact that whoever was responsible for Kevin’s death remains free. 

“For us, there’s no closure,” she said Tuesday. “This person is still walking the street. It’s just another reminder that here we are a year later, still waiting.”

Kevin Scheinberg was killed on northbound Interstate 95 near Boca Raton when another driver changed lanes near Yamato Road and crashed into Scheinberg’s motorcycle, according to authorities. He died at Delray Medical Center at the age of 36.

This week, Sonny said she is still coping with his death, feeling his absence even as she celebrated her wedding in July. 

“This person has put us through so much more pain by not doing the right thing,” she said of the man believed to have been driving the vehicle that hit Kevin.

According to a search warrant filed in November, investigators have identified the man believed to have been driving the car that hit Kevin Scheinberg’s motorcycle.

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No arrests had been made as of Friday morning, and a Florida Highway Patrol spokesman said this week that the crash is still under investigation. 

In November, investigators found a black 2015 Chrysler 200 believed to have been involved in the crash, according to FHP. The vehicle was at a body shop in Broward County, investigators said. 

According to the search warrant, a witness identified the Chrysler’s owner as the person who was driving the vehicle on the night of the fatal crash.

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Sonny Scheinberg said she wonders why the other driver left without trying to help her brother. 

“I’m not sure what is worse,” she said. “Knowing the person was there and was able to so simply walk away, or that after striking my brother, he chose not call police in the final moments of (Kevin’s) life with the possibility of saving the man he was responsible for hitting.” 

In the weeks after the crash, FHP released a surveillance video showing a man in a Chrysler pull over at the crash site, then leave the scene as emergency-response crews arrived. 

According to the search warrant, FHP investigators tried to arrange a meeting with the Chrysler’s owner in the weeks after the crash. Eric Schwartzreich, an attorney representing the Chrysler owner, said he has previously spoken to investigators about scheduling the meeting but has not heard from FHP investigators for several months. 

The Palm Beach Post is not identifying the Chrysler’s owner because he has not been charged.

A frame from a police dashboard camera shows the man who is suspected of hitting Kevin Scheinberg, the 36-year-old motorcyclist killed in a Labor Day weekend hit and run crash on Interstate 95 in Boca Raton. The video was shown by the Florida Highway Patrol at a press conference Friday, October 13, 2017. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post) Photo: Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post

Sonny said she is frustrated not only the lack of an arrest in her brother’s case, but also because of other recent hit-and-run cases that remain unsolved. In Palm Beach County there were more than 5,000 hit-and-crashes in 2017, 11 of which resulted in fatalities, state figures show.

In interviews with The Post in May, current and former law-enforcement officials said that proving hit-and-run cases is difficult. Investigators must be able to prove who was driving and that person had reasonable knowledge that he or she hit someone.

Scheinberg said she believes there is enough evidence to determine who hit her brother and hopes that more arrests in such cases will discourage others from leaving the scene of serious crashes. 

“What example are we showing with this case?” she asked. “What incentive will someone have to wait at a scene when they can so easily leave and live their life?”

Scheinberg said she is planning to start a victims-advocacy group for families who have lost a loved one in a hit-and-run crash. And she remains determined to see the person who hit Kevin answer for their actions. 

“Kevin deserves justice,” she said. “Because without him, this world is a much dimmer place.”