Family of hit and run victim asks driver to come forward

Posted at 9:16 PM, Sep 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-25 23:16:38-04

MIDVALE, Utah - He was killed in a hit and run accident in Midvale. One day later, the family of Ronald Renfro, 50, is asking the driver to come forward.

"I don't know if he felt any pain, if he saw it coming. I don't know if he laid there and just died by himself. I don't know,” said Renfro’s daughter, Natasha Villagrana.

According to Unified Police, a driver hit Renfro as he crossed the street near 7200 South State Street Thursday evening. Based on descriptions from witnesses, police believe they are looking for a blonde female.

"I just hope that she can find it in herself to be remorseful and turn herself in,” Villagrana said, “Nobody, especially my Dad, deserved to die like that.”

Friday, police announced they had a person of interest in the case-Mika Lundquist.  Authorities said the car involved in the accident had been rented by Lundquist in Salt Lake City.  It was reported stolen on September 11th, however, it’s unclear if the rental store or Lundquist reported the car theft.

"We have a life that's been taken from us. We have family members that are disrupted now. They're very distressed about what's going on,” said Detective Jared Richardson of Unified Police.

Hours after the accident, police reached Lundquist by phone.  During some questioning, Richardson described her answers to officers as “vague.” When they tried to contact Lundquist again, she could not be reach on the phone or in person.

“Ms. Lundquist, we are asking you also to give us a call,” said Richardson. “We are not going to go away. We are going to keep looking for you until we can talk to you, and at least eliminate you from this case.”

Police described Lundquist’s car as a white 2016 Ford Escape with a Utah license plate. The plate number is: X953XS.

Villagrana has setup a memorial fund in her father’s name at America First Credit Union.  A donation can be made at any location.

"I want him to he remembered. He was very funny,” Villagrana said, “He joked around a lot. And he was just loving and caring."