Family Mourns Man Killed By Hit-And-Run Driver

BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — A car hit and killed a young father and the car just kept on going.  Family, friends and police need your help to track down that driver.

Kai Jackson has the pleas for justice from the victim’s friends and family.

They’re trying to turn their grief into action, asking for the public’s help to catch this young man’s killer.

“Every weekend, he’s going fishing.  `Where’s Jay?  He’s going fishing,'” said brother-in-law Bill Baldauf.

Surrounded by photos, friends and family remember Jason Cheslik, 29, who loved to fish and spend time with his 7-year-old daughter.

“That little girl loved her daddy so much,” said Parobe Coley, Cheslik’s friend.

But happy memories can’t mask the pain they feel over Cheslik’s sudden death.

“I lost a piece of me,” said his brother, Troy Cheslik.

Troy is now focused on finding Jason’s killer, posting flyers in the neighborhood along Hazelwood Avenue where moments after 2 a.m. Sunday, Jason was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver.

“The last things I could do for my brother is, one is to take care of his 7-year-old daughter and the other thing is find the person that did this,” Troy Cheslik said.

Police say it happened when Jason Cheslik stepped out in between two cars into Hazelwood Avenue when he was struck by a van that kept on going.  That van is described as a white or light-colored 2004 to 2008 Ford Econoline.  It may have damage to the front end or left headlight.

“Whoever did it, hopefully they can’t sleep.  Hopefully it’s gnawing at them,” Baldauf said. 

Baldauf hopes guilt brings the driver forward and brings justice for Cheslik.

“There has to be justice.  Be it whatever reason this person did what they did, we don’t know.  I don’t care, but what I do care about is this person needs to step up or this person needs to be found,” Baldauf said.

“He’s a great father and a great cousin,” said Karen Pantazonis, Cheslik’s cousin.

Friends and family held a candlelight vigil in Jason’s honor at 8 p.m. Tuesdaynear the scene of the crime, in front of Charlie Brown’s Bar in the 400-block of Hazelwood Avenue.

“CPR and just checked his pulse, called 911.  I even tried to flag people down [in case someone was a doctor],” said Karly Kante, who was with Cheslik at the time of the hit-and-run.

Anyone with information on the driver or the location of the vehicle is urged to call Baltimore County Police or you can remain anonymous and possibly even earn some reward money by calling Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCKUP.

  • bernard F Mc Kernan

    Sad & shameful. The person responsible for this should turn themselves in. Sooner or later they will get caught & anyone with information about this person, please call police, it could be your family or loved one. What a creep low life.

    • kathy

      my mom was killed much the same, it was not a hit and run , but the driver drug her many feet before he stopped.. he has never been charged. never reported it to his insurance company .. he has shown little remorse.. he took my mom my world my kids grandmom .. It hurts so very much even after all these years she died in ’98 but i know God will seek justtice on him as he will on thsi creep that killed your family member …

  • Carla Barbera

    Please do the right thing and turn yourself in. Or if you know who did this, please step up and say something. Take responsibility.

  • me who cares who i am

    it is possible that the driver didnt know he had hit this young man, but i doubt it just giving them the benefit of the doubt now that ive said that hey driver turn yourself in you may think you got away with murder but someone is always watching every move you make and you will have to answer to what you did be a man or woman you stole this young man’s life and devestated his family turn yourself in God saw you and from now on your life will be hell your luck will be nothing but bad do the right thing

  • Anonymous Friend

    As people read this story, I would like you all to know what a phenomenal human being Jay was. He was a fantastic father to his 7 year old daughter, and that little girl loved her daddy like you could never believe. He was a devoted son, brother and friend. Jason was always right on time with a good joke to keep you smiling, even in tough situations. Anyone who was blessed enough to truly know Jay, considers this man to be more than a friend, he was family to us. Often on the news you here of people having their lives taken from them and families saying “he was such a wonderful person.” Please believe that Jay was just that. You will be hard pressed to find anyone with a single negative statement to make about Jay, even when he was still with us. The puzzle surrounding his death is incomplete. The family, his daughter, his friends; we need answers. We need whoever has done this to step forward and turn themselves in. We need closure. If you have any info on the vehicle or person involved please call 1-866-7-LOCKUP. And please, use social media to put his story out there. Social media (Facebook, Twitter etc.) makes the world a small place to hide, and someone knows something. We love you Jay.


    Was this Hazelwood Avenue in Rosedale? What area? I live just off that Rd and would like to help in anyway possiible.

    • Carla

      Yes, Hazelwood Ave in Rosedale. It was near the Hazelwood Inn. 2am on Sunday AM.

  • Greg Miller

    I only met Jason 1 time. It was at a Seahawks football game with his brother Troy. He seemed like a great guy and I enjoyed talking with him. I work with Troy and my family and I think about him and his family every day. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Cheslik family.

    Greg, Malinda and Lilly

  • Vicky Bauer

    This is my daughter’s father. He was everything to her. Please if you are the one who did this own up to your mistake. My daughter will never be able to have her daddy again because of you. I pity you for being so heartless just to keep going. You have no idea how much of a wonderful person you have taken from this world. My little girl has to do without the best father a little girl could ever had wanted because of you. It has been nearly one month. Why can’t you just come forward?

  • lost my father to a hit and run driver

    I am so sorry for your loss. Have they found the person yet? My father was killed by a hit and run driver in late March, 2011. We have no idea what time he was hit…how long he was laying there before someone saw him and called it in. We still have not found the person who killed him either. I can’t imagine that either of the people who killed our loved ones will be able to live with themselves for long. Please, if you did this and are reading this, turn yourself in. If you know someone with a similar vehicle, call it in and let the police investigate. It is a horrible dealing with the death of a loved one….even more so when you don’t have closure. Again, I am so sorry for you loss. Your family, especially your daughter, will be in my prayers.

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