Grieving mom pleads for driver to come forward after son hit, killed

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Tammy Beers, the mother of Harley Rocher, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver, pleads with the driver to come forward Wednesday.

BEAVERTON, Ore. - A mother filled with heartache over her teenaged son's death pleaded Wednesday for the driver who hit him to come forward.

Harley Rocher, 18, was found dead not far from Jesuit High School near Southwest Scholls Ferry Road and Laurelwood.

Police still don't have any leads on who hit him. The street is dark, it's hard to see and so far there have been no calls from witnesses about the hit-and-run death. That’s left Rocher's family devastated.

Rocher's mom, Tammy Beers, says her son should have had so many years left to fulfill his dreams. As a technician at America's Tire in Tanasbourne, Beers says her son received three raises within a year's time and was regarded as a hard worker.

"He was an old soul. He was so mature and smart. He didn't deserve this. This shouldn't have happened," she says.

Rocher's body was discovered lying face down on the edge of the road Tuesday night. Police couldn't say if he was crossing the street or walking.

"I don't know who did this; I don't know why. I know accidents happen. I know people get distracted, but you don't leave somebody in the middle of the road," Beers says. "Whoever knows what happens, they need to come forward. They owe him that."

And to the driver who hit Rocher, Beers says she wants them to know she's only speaking out so they know her family's pain and what they took away from her.

"Living with that I wouldn't wish on anyone; none of us need to suffer from this. It just needs to be able to be closed. So we know,” Beers says. "I just want to know what happened."

Beaverton police ask anyone who knows anything about the crash to contact them.

For anyone who wants to help the family, Threadgill Memorial has set up a fund in Harley Rocher's name.