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By Kristina Pritchett
Family members continue to post signs, asking for any information about a hit-and-run accident that left an Aliso Viejo man dead.
Cole Stewart, 22, was walking to a relative’s home around 3 a.m. on June 3 when he was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Crown Valley Parkway and Seven Seas in Dana Point.
Previously, police said they responded to the intersection around 4:15 a.m. where they saw Stewart in the road. They say they believe the accident occurred between 3:30 and 4:15 a.m.
Family members, friends and members of the community have been hanging up fliers around the area where the accident occurred, hoping someone will go to the police with information.
“I have fliers in my car,” said Laura Stewart, Cole’s mom. “I take them everywhere and hang them wherever I can.”
Stewart said they’re continuing to work with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, but every day is rough for their family.
“It’s really difficult not knowing what happened,” Stewart said. “We’re a very close family, and we are just grieving horribly. We will miss him every day, every moment for the rest of our lives.”
Stewart said the family has lived in Aliso Viejo for more than 20 years, and the loss of Cole is not just affecting her family.
“Everyone who knew him, loved him,” Stewart said. “No one will ever be the same.”
The sheriff’s department encourages anyone with information to contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Major Accident Reconstruction Team (MART) at 949.425.1860 or the Watch Commander at 714.647.7000. Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855.847.6227.