J'Ron Erby made his parents extremely proud in May.
“He means the world to me. He’s sort of like a mini-me,” said his father Lee Erby, Sr.
Erby graduated from Wayne State College in May then turned his education and time as a college football player into an internship with the San Diego Chargers.
“To be in PR, to mesh communications, which is his passion with sports, that really is his dream. He's living it right now," explained his older brother Lee Erby, Jr.
The 23-year-old's dreams were put on hold, though, when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver early Friday morning while celebrating his roommate’s birthday in Pacific Beach.
A silver sedan heading east on Garnet at Cass swerved around a parked car into oncoming traffic, plowing into Erby and his friend, police said. The car never stopped.
“We’re just asking for whoever did this to take a look in the mirror. If it was my son he would do the right thing. We taught him and raised him right," said his father.
Erby is recovering at Scripps La Jolla after suffering multiple skull fractures and brain trauma in the crash.
“I whisper in his ear that we’re here,” his father said. “Just relax, everything will be okay. You’re in God's hands.”
A Gofundme page has been set up by his family to help him with his long road to recovery.