YARMOUTH (CBS) – Alexander Gribko’s family is grappling with an unimaginable loss, and they’re appealing to the public for help.
The family released the following statement:
“As many of you know, our father Alex Gribko was shot and killed in an accident earlier this week. Despite an active police investigation, we respectfully ask those involved to please come forward and take responsibility. This is our beloved father. A grandfather, a great-grandfather. A friend for all. We need to understand what happened and find some ending. … He doesn’t deserve to die alone. We are also here to ask the public for help with any and all information, large or small, and please contact the police. We need to find out who is responsible for this unimaginable tragedy,” read Betsy Hunt, Gribko’s eldest daughter.
Although the frustrated family was speechless, they knew their loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather wouldn’t want them upset.
“He is a work of art. He has a really interesting sense of humour,” says Betsy Hunt.
Gribko’s family says he is 85 years old, especially at heart.
“He loves all of us. So many, so much. Loved all his nieces, great-grandchildren,” said Melinda Gribko-Reyes.
Gribko’s three daughters return to the place where they lost their father, a man who taught them everything and has so much left to live for.
“He taught us how to do everything from swimming to scuba diving, cycling to tennis. Everything that we all enjoy doing today is because of my dad,” said Melinda Gribko-Reyes.
“His cardiologist just told him he’s going to live to be a hundred (laughs), and he thinks that’s amazing,” she added.
Police said Gribko was hit and killed during a routine walk in the neighborhood. They say the crash happened on Winslow Gray Road between Swan Lake Road and Joshua Baker Road.
“I don’t know how we can find peace in this, but I think you should try to find some kindness and think, he used to be where he liked to be,” said Gribko. Reyes said.
Usually he will be with his good friend Betsy Donovan. “Oh, I learned all about the neighborhood as we walked. Who was here, who was not here. Who has gone, who has come. He loves everyone. He loves children and dogs. that is very important to me. Just a really, really nice guy,” she said.
“My childhood memory is that he would pretend to be Mr. Magoo. He would put all of our kids in the car, and we live on a dead end road, and he would drive in this blinded state, and when we looked, he would pretend to be blind and drive like Mr. Magoo,” laughed Betsy Hunt.
What has left loved ones grieving over this unimaginable loss is that the driver took off and there has been no news since.
“You have a family without a father and grandfather and a good friend, and we need to have some kind of closed life,” said Karen Gribko-Warren, Gribko’s youngest.
“We don’t want that person to be ugly; just apologize to us and let us know what happened,” Gribko-Reyes added.
The main message from this family is for the driver. They want the person to know it’s not too late to move on.
For everyone else whose family is asking if you know anything, please call the Yarmouth Police Department immediately.
https://boston.cbslocal.com/2021/12/01/alexander-gribko-yarmouth-hit-and-run/ ‘We need to have some kind of closure.’ Family Asks Driver in Deadly Yarmouth Hit-and-Run to Move Forward – CBS Boston