MARYSVILLE, Wash. — A Marysville couple, who nearly lost their son more than a decade ago, is now grieving after a hit and run driver left their son to die out in the road.
Matthew Colson passed away Sunday afternoon at the hospital – less than 24 hours after he was hit.
Police say he was hit Saturday night while crossing 64th Street Northeast near 58th Driver Northeast in Marysville. He was not in a crosswalk, police said.
"I walked into his bedroom, and I looked at his bed," Kim Colson told KOMO News on Monday night while holding back tears. "And I could envision him sitting down there, but he wasn’t there."
There are brief moments when the heartbreaking reality of what happened sets in for Colson, but she and her husband admit they're still in a state of shock over the sudden loss of their son.
"He wouldn’t want any harm to come to anybody. He was always there for people. Always trying to save them," Kim Colson said.
"Just knowing him brought joy to you," added Marion Colson, Jr. "He’s just one of those kinds of people."
Matthew Colson was out for a walk on Saturday night when police say someone driving a dark SUV hit him and just kept on going.
"It was like ‘Not again.’ And I just like cried, and cried, and cried, and said ‘Not my baby.’ You know? It was really sad," Kim Colson said.
Matthew Colson suffered a traumatic brain injury during a skateboarding accident nearly 13 years ago, his family told KOMO News.
He had made a remarkable recovery ever since, his family said. He had a job and was going to college, they added.
This time he never regained consciousness.
"He was never a burden. But the worry part is now he’s with God, you know? And we don’t have to worry about that anymore," Kim Colson said.
The Colsons say their son was kind, compassionate and was on top of life. He was a great listener. He loved art and music.
His family isn't angry at the driver who hit Matthew, they said. They just want that person to do the right thing and come forward.
"We don’t wish anything bad to the person that did this and drove away. We don’t. We wished they’d fess up and do what’s right," Kim Colson said.
"I can understand in one way, but it’s kind of a cowardly thing to do to leave someone that you’ve hit laying in the street," Marion Colson added. "To abandon somebody that you’ve struck like that – it’s a pretty cowardly thing to do."
Marysville Police haven't made any arrests in the case, a department spokesman told KOMO News on Monday. Investigators ask anyone with information about the hit-and-run driver to call the Marysville Police Department.