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Family prepares for Christmas without daughter as search for hit and run driver continues

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Family prepares for Christmas without daughter as search for hit and run driver continues

By Justin Schecker. CREATED Dec 23, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - As the search for the driver who killed their youngest daughter continues, the Calamia family is faced with celebrating her favorite holiday without her.    

"To have our Christmas angel not here, that's what hurts much more," Bill Calamia told 9 On Your Side. 

Calamia's angel, his youngest daughter, loved baking.
 
"This is the first year we don't have a full table full of cookies the week of Christmas," he said.
 
It is also the first year she didn't get to decorate the tree. 
 
"This is the tree Toni actually picked out the afternoon of the day she died," her father said.
 
Someone hit and killed 24-year-old Toni Calamia late at night near Greasewood and Speedway. Her stepmother Laura arrived at the scene moments later.  
 
"I was paralyzed. I didn't know what to do," she said. "My daughter's there laying on the floor and I held her hand."
 
Nine on Your Side has obtained the Tucson police reports. There are close to ten eyewitnesses who saw the driver speed away and head east on Speedway. 
 
Detectives plan to review surveillance video from nearby businesses on Speedway, Calamia told 9 On Your Side.
 
Police have checked out a number of leads and still nothing almost two weeks later.  
 
"They're going to catch them," Calamia said. "I think it would be easier if they turned themselves in both for us and their family."
 
Toni's story touched many with donations coming in from around the world for her funeral. 
 
The family plans to leave a holiday wreath by her side on Christmas Eve. 
 
"And we're going to put it together tonight as a family," Calamia said. "And then go tomorrow and give her a christmas gift."
 
Police are looking for a red or burgundy Chevy Silverado from between 2003 and 2006. There is damage to the headlight and front passenger side of the truck.
 
If you see a truck matching that description, please call 9-1-1 or 88-crime. 
Justin Schecker

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Justin Schecker reports for KGUN 9 ON Your Side at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00. He joined KGUN9 in September of 2012 and spent his first year in Tucson covering overnight breaking news for Good Morning Tucson.