By Devin Bartolotta

EDGEWOOD, Md. (WJZ) — Police in Maryland have identified the driver and car that struck and killed a man in Harford County.

Maryland State Police said in a statement Saturday that 31-year-old Cristobal Martinez was struck sometime between 8:15 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. Friday. The incident occurred on northbound Route 24 and Route 7 in Edgewood, which is about 30 miles northeast of Baltimore.

“That was a life. That was a man who had a family, children, mom, dad, aunts, uncles, that love him,” family member Donna Elliot said.

Martinez is the second family member to die from violent crime in just three months.

Elliot and her family are still reeling from the brutal murder of her granddaughter Maleigha Solanka, 15, who was raised by Martinez. She was found strangled and thrown in a dumpster in Havre De Grace.

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Police say the Bel Air native was hit by a silver 2014 Kia Forte, which they located. The driver, who is the suspect, is not being identified at this time.

Troopers had responded after receiving a 911 call from a passing motorist at about 8:45 p.m. Martinez was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

Martinez’s leaves his only child and his ex-girlfriend’s three children without a father figure.

“He was the perfect father that I ever had,” one of the kids said.

Police arrested the driver they believe is responsible for killing Martinez, but they have not released the pending charges.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Maryland State Police.

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