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FOLLOW UP: Saturday night fatal accident, close friend speaks out

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Tuesday we followed up to the fatal accident Saturday evening. 

Kendrick Young, Senior was crossing Knoxville Avenue near the Nebraska intersection when he was struck by a car. 

There are still a lot of unanswered questions in this investigation, but we wanted to reach out to family and friends to see how they are coping with the loss. 

John Marizetts was friends with Young for 30 years. 

"I was dumbstruck by why he was crossing the street in the first place. I still don't know," said Marizetts. 

Marizetts was coming from work the night Young was killed when he saw a bunch of police cars.
He didn't learn Young was involved until the next morning when his sister broke the news. 

"She called and told me he had got hit by a car and was gone," stated Marizetts.

At the Peoria Police Department we asked Sergeant Michael Patterson if Young was in a crosswalk at the time. 

"The investigation at this time is still unknown. We do know he was on foot in the area of Knoxville and Nebraska," stated Patterson. 

We also asked if the driver who hit young will face any charges.

"To answer your question, it's still under investigation," said Patterson. 

Patterson said a citation was not issued at the time of the accident, but it's unclear if that will change. 

We also asked whether that intersection is safe. 

"Knoxville and Nebraska is highly traveled. As far as dangerous? Again, it's very highly traveled! I can't really speak if it's a dangerous intersection or not," said Patterson.

Marizetts described Young as someone was was "funny, outgoing, caring and loved life."

Marizetts also said Young was the kind of guy who would give you the shirt off his back. He leaves behind three sons and a daughter.

It's still unclear whether alcohol was involved.

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