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Loved ones remember man killed in hit-and-run

By Dana Molina, Multimedia Journalist/Telemundo Anchor, dana.molina@krdo.com
Published On: Dec 12 2013 06:51:13 PM CST

Family members remember Ian Saj

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

Loved ones are mourning the death of the man killed in Sunday's hit-and-run on Highway 115. Ian Saj, 33, and two others were on the highway flagging down help after a rollover accident.

Keri Johnson was Saj's girlfriend of four years. She said meeting him was like a fairy tale.

"When we first met, we clicked instantly," she said.

Johnson and Saj met at Intellitec Medical Institute in 2009. They graduated together as lab technicians.

"We called ourselves team Saj, because everything we did was for each other," Johnson said.

Johnson is currently in Saj's hometown in New York with his mother, Diana Onofrio. Together, the women remember the man they said everyone loved.

"My son was just everybody's friend," Onofrio said.

Saj served in the army for three years, spending 18 months in Iraq.

"That, he was proud of," Onofrio said. "He was a patriot. He was a patriot through and through."

After his service, Onofrio said Saj spent time as a stay-at-home-step-dad. Most recently, he worked at a meat warehouse while attaining his degree in solar technology. He had his eyes set on the future and hoped to start a family.

"We had our whole life ahead of us," Johnson said. "Everything was going well for us. We had just bought a house, we had good jobs, we were trying to start a family."

"I was going to be a grandma," Onofrio said. "And now I'm not. That's one thing he wanted to give me."

Giving, is what Onofrio and Johnson said Saj was all about.

"He treated me with the respect and love that I needed," Johnson said. "And I'll never forget him, never."

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