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Reward offered in Downtown Connector fatal hit-and-run

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Atlanta police say a reward is now being offered for information leading to the driver who struck and killed a stranded motorist on I-75/85 south near the Martin Luther King Jr. on Sunday morning.

The family of Jacob Halbrooks is offering a $3,000 reward in addition to the Crime Stoppers Reward. The reward is now $5,000.  

The victim has been identified as 23-year-old Jacob Halbrooks of Conyers.

Watch Video honoring Jacob Halbrooks.

"We have no idea what happened and who would do something like this and just leave," said fiancee Kayla Pruett.

Halbrooks was scheduled to marry Pruett on Saturday.

 "He's been there for my daughter since the first time he ever met her and that's her da da," said Pruett.

His family said Halbrooks and his fiancee had a joint bachelor and bachelorette party Saturday night. The ladies went once place and Halbrooks and his friends went to another.

Halbrooks left the party and walked along the highway when he was struck by another vehicle.

The driver of that vehicle left the scene of the accident.

"They left him there like he was a deer or some animal they had hit on the side of the road, just left him. Nobody even called for help, they just left him there," said Halbrooks' mother Joy Peppers.

Police said a witness reported that Halbrooks was struck by a black, four-door car, possibly a BMW or Mercedes. 

"I just can't imagine learning to live life without him. I don't know how we're going to do it," said Peppers.

"He didn't deserve this. He really didn't. He was so excited to be a father and be a husband and it just got ripped away from him," said Pruett.

As his family struggles to accept what's happened, they ask for help in finding the person who hit Jacob and kept on driving.

"If you think you know anything, no matter how small your information may be or how irrelevant you think it may be, just please, please call. Help us, help us try to find this person," said Peppers.

"We need justice for him, that's what he deserved," said Pruett.

Atlanta police are searching for anyone who may have witnessed the accident.

Call 404-577-TIPS with information.

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