GAINES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - Not a day or a season goes by that Joyce Zerba doesn't remember her husband Jerry.
He was the love of her life for 37 years.
"October was his birthday; anniversary; the holidays. And we do think of him every day. We miss him," Joyce Zerba said.
Jerry Zerba, 67, was the simple, quiet type, his wife said. He liked to fish. He volunteered to cook for the homeless. And he enjoyed grabbing a cup of coffee before church on Sunday.
It was one of those Sundays -- Aug. 5, 2007 -- when Jerry got on his motor scooter and headed out from his Gaines Township home off Division Avenue near M-6 to get coffee.
Security video from a nearby business shows a grainy version of the tragedy as it unfolded as Jerry Zerba returned home, riding his motorized Razor scooter along Division between 68th and 76th streets.
From the right, a dark-colored vehicle approaches. It gets closer. Then, disaster strikes. Jerry Zerba is struck from the back.
Brake lights on the vehicle, which appears to be a passenger car, lit up after the crash, indicating to detectives the driver knew he or she hit something.
Jerry Zerba was then hit by second car. That driver stopped.
But the first car was already gone.
And Jerry Zerba didn't survive.
"I don't know how they can sleep at night, knowing that they killed somebody, left him there to die," Joyce Zerba said.
Kent County Sheriff's Detectives showed 24 Hour News 8 the case file Monday. It's not very thick. The surveillance camera is the only witness to the crash. And debris at the scene was from the moped, not the first car that Jerry Zerba.
There has been little added to the file over the last six years. But it's not for a lack of trying.
"Unsolved homicides is something you take with you, sometimes to your grave, if you unable to solve a homicide," KCSD Lt. Ron Gates said.
There was a Silent Observer tip soon after the crash. But the driver named in it had a solid alibi.
So why revisit the case now? One reason is to let the driver know he or she may not face any charges.
While there may be some exceptions and the prosecutor would have the final word, it appears the statute of limitations on charges connected to the crash have likely run out.
Gates hopes that may play a part in solving the case, as the driver may also be seeking closure.
"In their minds, they could always be looking over their shoulder, thinking any day the police are going to find out they did this. So maybe this will be healing to them to come forward," Gates said.
And while she would like to see justice served, Joyce Zerba would even more like to finally get answers to the questions she has been asking since that day in August 2007.
She has a message for the person behind the wheel that morning:
"Please. We forgive you. I forgive you in my heart," she said. "But we do need closure."
Anyone with information is asked to call the Kent County Sheriff's Department at 616.632.6100 or Silent Observer at 866.774.2345.
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