MARNE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Autopsy results confirm that 24-year-old Travis Ryke died from blunt force trauma, after being hit by a vehicle in Marne late Friday night.
Members of his family tell WZZM 13 they're now feeling a sense of emptiness.
"I loved Travis; he loved me," says Debbie Ryke, Travis' stepmother.
Ryke was only a few hundred yards from home when he was hit and killed by a vehicle. His stepmother was one of the first to get the call.
"My first thought was, 'How am I going to wake up my husband and tell him that his son is gone,'" says Ryke. "I got on my knees and I said, 'Honey, Travis got hit by a car and he didn't make it.'"
It happened just before midnight on Friday. Investigators say the driver of the vehicle took off.