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Eric Bridgett's family dealing with hit and run death

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A Fort Washington family said it won't have closure until the driver who hit and killed former Marine Eric Bridgett is found.

Bridgett, a married father of three young kids, was killed Saturday morning around 2:30 a.m. while trying to cross Kirby Road in Clinton. The driver kept going.

Bridgett's wife Brandi said the area where he was killed is right near Levi's Restaurant, which is where he worked as a cook.

Brandi said her husband served for six years in the Marines, doing two tours of duty, one of which was is Afghanistan. He also helped with earthquake relief in Haiti.

She said he was a devoted husband and a loving father to his kids: 5-year old Aiden, 3-year old Abigail, and four month old Avi.

Brandi wants the driver who hit Eric to know they killed a wonderful man.

"[He] was a person who has left behind three young children, and who I've been dedicated to and with for 11 years -- since I was 16," Brandi said. "They've taken my partner, they've taken my best friend."

Brandi said the driver needs to turn himself or herself in.

"They got to go home last night," she said. "They haven't been sitting here with this feeling on the inside of unsettledness."

Brandi said she and Eric both grew up in Prince George's County. Last year they moved back after spending a few years in California.

She said he had been dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder from his time in the Marines, but still was able to work two jobs to support the family. Besides being a cook, he also helped Brandi with a health and wellness business she runs with her sister Lori at National Harbor.

"That's what he loved," she said. "To be able to talk about health and feed people healthy."

Brandi said when there's a knock at the door, she still instantly thinks it's Eric. Five-year-old Aiden said the same thing.

"When I hear the door bell ring, I think that's Daddy," he said. "So now I miss him. And I'm not going to see him again."

Anyone with any information about the hit and run is asked to call the Prince George's County Police.

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