Death of Matthew Spampinato: Family fights for justice after man killed by hit-and-run driver in New Castle, Delaware


NEW CASTLE, Delaware (WPVI) – A distraught family seeks justice after their loved one was struck and killed in New Castle, Delaware by a driver who fled the scene.

Friends and family have created a memorial for 21-year-old Matthew Spampinato at the crash site, hoping that what he symbolizes will bring back memories to commuters who may have seen what happened.

“It’s like I’m in a parallel universe or something. It’s not supposed to happen to me. It’s not supposed to happen to my child,” said the victim’s mother, Mary Spampinato-Moses.

Walking the same path where her son died, Spampinato-Moses and her husband Michael handed out flyers, hoping to find out who killed Matthew.

“Someone has to know something,” Spampinato-Moses said.

Matthew Spampinato was killed by a fleeing driver around 6 p.m. on February 9.

Just 30 minutes after sunset that day, Matthew was taking his usual route home from work along the shoulder of Route 273 near Quigley Boulevard when he was struck.

“A great boy who would do anything for anyone and never ask for anything,” said the victim’s father, Michael Moses.

His roommate, Sarah Carter, tells Action News she wishes she had offered to pick him up.

“He really didn’t want to go to work, he just wanted to relax that day and I really would have liked to say to him, ‘Yeah, you should relax with us today,'” Carter said.

He moved to Delaware in July from Georgia for a fresh start and worked at a nearby Starbucks.

Death of Matthew Spampinato: Family fights for justice after man killed by hit-and-run driver in New Castle, Delaware

“He had a lot of things he wanted to do, a lot of places he wanted to go,” said fellow roommate Elijah Cantrell.

His parents flew to Delaware this week, by which time they say Matthew would have returned home.

“I had asked him to come home exactly one month to the day,” Mary recalls.

Delaware State Police have a blurry surveillance photo of the SUV that hit Matthew and some fragments of the dark, metallic-colored vehicle.

So far, there are no leads on a suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Delaware State Police.

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