Jan. 19th, 1989 - August 18th, 2005
Photo donated by Damon's father, James Seeber
Damon Seeber's father Jim Seeber walked the streets Friday hanging sign after sign asking for help finding the driver. "I've just been out trying to put these flyers up just hoping someone will see this car," said Jim Seeber. I'm just afraid police won't catch him there was just a small article in the paper with no picture. I'm afraid people won't see the news," said Seeber.
Jim Seeber says loosing his only son strips him of part of his life, and he wants whoever is responsible to come forward. "He took my life from me. I don't know how you could hit somebody and just drive away. Sometime you're going to have to live with what you did and go to prison."
Damon Seeber attended an alternative school called The Bridge Center in Greece. He had spent most of his summer working on a mural at the school. But the day of the accident he had taken a break from his masterpiece to help a friend move. Now, it's a canvas that's left unfinished.
"Something about him...tugs at my heart, not just me but every one who works here. His smile, and his willingness to help," said former school director Ann Granger. "I'll miss him greatly...I think we're all still in shock that he won't walk through the door in September," Granger said.
His father yearns for just another moment with his son. "There's so much I want to say to him, but can't because he's gone. I would say I loved him."
Letter to the Editor - Rochester Democrat & Chronicle - 8/26/05
Upon hearing about Damon Seeber's death and the status of his friend Joe Lechner, I felt that horrible feeling of my face scrunching up trying to hold back the tears. When I heard that a motorist left him on Lake Avenue to die, I wanted to throw up.
When a person does not stop to tend to another whom he has injured intentionally or unintentionally, he will be forever changed. There will be a hole in his heart that will never heal until he pays restitution.
Damon was one of the most talented young artists I have had the privilege to know and to work with. In killing Damon and dismissing him, the driver took away Damon's dignity. In dying, every soul on Earth deserves dignity.
To whomever hit both Damon and his friend: Please think about giving them their dignity back by taking responsibility. By doing so you will show those who cared about them (their families, friends, teachers and administrators) that you realize their lives had and have meaning, and your life will become more meaningful as well.
Heather Erwin - Pittsford The writer was Damon Seeber's art teacher in the Greece school district.(The Greece school district is in a suburb of Rochester, New York)
Rochester Police have made arrests in connection with a hit-and-run accident that killed a teenager earlier this month on Lake Avenue.
Twenty-two-year-old Jeffrey Blunt of Westfield Street is accused of driving the car that struck and killed Damon Seeber on August 18. Blunt turned himself in with an attorney by his side.
His passenger was 19-year-old Clarence Williams. He was arrested Last Saturday. He is accused of trying to get the car fixed before police could find it.
Police say they found the car on Transit Road in the Town of Kendall on August 19.
Now recovering at home, Joe Lechner has 27 stitches, 17 staples, and an eye patch. He is blind in his right eye and was also deaf in his right ear for a short time.
He'll need further reconstructive surgery around his eye socket and has bruises over his entire body.
Lechner said, "I think I'm the one who should've died in the crash, not Damon. He was too young. He was taken too soon and without a cause."
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