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Hit-and-run victim's family frustrated by delays

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"I tried to push my way through the state police, took a couple of them to stop me, but then I came to my senses," said Jesse LaForest. "I just knew my brother was laying there and I just wanted to get to him."

A hit and run driver took his brother, Calvin’s life at the intersection of Euclid Avenue and Stark Street in Bay City last September.

LaForest said he's frustrated because he believes the wheels of justice aren't moving fast enough.

Authorities said they are waiting on DNA test results from the state police crime lab.

"It's going on what five and a half months now? Now there saying it could be up to a year?" LaForest said. "There's just got to be a breaking point on how long this takes for the DNA to come back."

Lt. David Kaiser, a spokesperson for Michigan State Police, answered out tough questions regarding the case.

"Approximately six weeks ago the prosecuting attorney contacted the crime lab and requested that they put the DNA testing on a priority list and that has been done," Kaiser said. "So they have moved it up from just a standard lab test to a priority case."

Kaiser said the results could be in place in as little as two weeks. He said he understands LaForest's impatience, but urges him to wait just a bit longer for the sake of the case.

"So if we go forward right now based on just the witnesses who were there we've got a lot of good evidence and we may win," Kaiser said. "But it only takes one hung juror to have a hung jury or a not guilty and then that man is getting away with murder."

That's why waiting for the DNA evidence is critical, Kaiser said.

LaForest wants his brother's killer to see justice sooner rather than later.

"My dad is going to be 87-years-old. He keeps asking me, Jesse what's taking so long? I'd like to see this happen before something happens to dad," LaForest said.

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