Father mourns son lost to hit-and-run accident

Published: Feb. 26, 2019 at 4:37 PM CST
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An Omaha father is mourning the loss of his son was killed by a hit-and-run driver.

Police said 36-year-old Eli Keenan was crossing the street on Feb. 2 when the vehicle hit him.

He was about two blocks away from home. He had left a convenience store near 20th and Martha when the driver struck him.

"They hit him so hard the police report said they couldn't tell if he was crossing at an intersection or not 'cause he's flown that far," Charles Keenan, the victim's father said. "It was horrific. Everything bad you can imagine. He was broken and they were fixing his face. I went to see him and I said, "Eli, you're ok and it's going to get better.'"

Eli didn't get better. About three weeks after the crash, he passed away.

"Evil rat-bastard. It's terrible you know, how, it's one thing to make a mistake, and accidents happen, but to leave someone like that is terrible," Keenan said.

The father and son were very close. They worked together and had plans for the future.

"We were gonna do things. And now it's done," Keenan said.

Charles Keenan was a coffee buyer. His job took his family around the world.

"He's been to eight schools before graduating from high school in Peru. He went to college in Australia where he was studying naval logistics," the father said. "He had a traumatic brain injury in 2011. and he was high-functional. He worked with me at the cafe and we got along."

Keenan described his son as a please, easy-going, nice boy.

Police believe the vehicle was a 2007 to 2012 silver Dodge Caliber. The vehicle likely has front-end damage.

"The person who hit him should at least say I'm sorry. I understand things happen. That's the minimum and they should have called for somebody to help him," Keenan said.

Anyone with information on the hit-and-run is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 402-444-STOP.