Onslow man remembers brother killed in hit-and-run crash

Troopers still search for suspect nine years later

Onslow man remembers brother killed in hit-and-run crash

JACKSONVILLE, ONSLOW COUNTY - There are words no brother can bear to hear.

"I can hear sirens, and everything," said Andrew Ignelzi. "I knew it was bad. I knew it was bad. She said, 'He's been hit, he's been hit, he's been hit by a car.' "

And a grave is a place no brother ever wants to be.

"This is a good day," Ignelzi said. "It's a day of celebration."

NewsChannel 12 met Ignelzi at Onslow Memorial Park, as he celebrated his brother Steven's 25th birthday.

"He never bothered anybody," Ignelzi said. "He never did anything wrong. I mean, we were inseparable when we were kids. We're 13 months apart."

On July 3, 2004, tragedy took Steven, leaving his brother Andrew with only memories.

"He was killed in a hit and run accident in the southwest area of Onslow on Holly Shelter Road," he said.

Troopers say the suspect responsible never even stopped.

"He's with me every day. He's my guardian angel."

Andrew shares his pain hoping someone else can remember -- remember the suspect who is still out there.

"Authorities do know who he is...they just haven't found him."

Troopers have searched endlessly for Antonio Rangel, the owner of the car witnesses say hit Steven, with leads that never pan out. But Andrew knows that day will come, when he's found.

"Everyone has their judgment day, no matter if it's in front of a judge, a jury, or even God," he said. "Justice will be served... one way or another."

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