Person comes forward in Pottawattamie County bicyclist death, family wants answers

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POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY, Iowa (WOWT) Family of 54-year-old William Shepard said it was their father who was killed in a hit-and-run incident in Pottawattamie County early, Saturday morning.

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff said they couldn’t identify the victim but believe it may be Shepard.

"He was a dad, he was a brother, he was an uncle, he was a cousin. He was somebody. He wasn't just a nobody and that's why it hurts," said Nicole Spracklin, Shepard’s daughter.

"It hurts," said Dave Grund, Shepard’s cousin.

"I'm angry. I don't know any other word to say,” said Spracklin. “I'm just angry."

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office said a bicyclist was struck by a vehicle near Old Lincoln Highway and Northline Dr. in Lake, Iowa around 2:25 a.m. Saturday.

The driver of the vehicle didn't stick around.

"For somebody to take his life and not even really hurts. It hurts," said Grund.

"He could've been laying there for a while,” said Spracklin.

Deputies found the man lying in serious condition.

He was taken to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.

"I couldn't breathe. It was hard," said Spracklin.

The sheriff's office said a person later came forward and said they remember being in the area and hitting something.

The person's vehicle showed damage and was seized by authorities as evidence.

"If the guy would've called earlier, my cousin would probably still be alive," said Grund.

The family of William "Marty" Shepard said the suspect will have to live with what happened, but they know they do too.

"I'm not ever going to get 'I love you calls,' or even hugs from him, or see him,” said Spracklin. "My kids aren't going to have him or ever get to see their grandpa again."

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff told 6 News they expect to positively identify the victim on Monday.

The person who came forward is yet to be charged in the hit-and-run death.