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Hit and Run Victim's Family Turns Out to Court Cases in Force

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Timothy J. Menges is charged with negligent homicide for causing the death of Tracy Freer by fatally hitting him with his pickup last November.

47-year-old Menges has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

At his pre-trial conference Tuesday afternoon, there was talk of a possible plea agreement, otherwise the case will go to trial.

Amber Schatz has more with the victim's family at the Stark County Courthouse.

"We need some closure definitely, we want him to get the most he can get too." says Roberta Freer, Tracy's wife.

Supporters of victim Tracy Freer have turned out in big numbers to every court case.

"Tracy is such a big part of our life, we all want to make sure that justice is served, and we all lean on each other." says Roberta.

Tim Menges is accused of running over Tracy with his pickup and leaving the scene, Freer died from injuries in the crash.

Menges did not come forward with what happened until months later when a witness turned him in to police.

Investigators have testified that Menges said he thought he had hit a pothole or Tracy's dog, but he did not stop.

"Justice and the truth, that's all we're asking for, we're not his final justice we know that, so his justice day will come, but we would like to see it happen here too." says Roberta.

We spoke with Tracy Freer's family members after the court case, they say they are glad no plea agreement was reached because they want it to go to trial.

"We're just hoping maybe that he would get at least five years." says Roberta Freer, Tracy's wife.

On this Roberta's birthday, she says she's glad no plea agreement was reached.

After the court case she says the whole family was going out to the cemetery to visit Tracy, then they would be spending the day with family and friends, and Tracy--in spirit.

Attorneys have around a week to reach a plea agreement or decide if the case will go to trial.

Negligent homicide is a class "c" felony that carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and/or a five thousand dollar fine.

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