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Reward offered in fatal hit-and-run case: Freer family: 'We just want answers'

A memorial decal was recently placed by Bryce Freer, 19, on the back of his pickup truck. Bryce's step-father, Tracy Freer, died early Wednesday after injuries he sustained from a hit-and-run that occurred just feet from where Bryce's truck sat Saturday at the Queen City Motel.

The widow of hit-and-run victim Tracy Freer doesn't think whoever hit her husband and fatally injured him early Wednesday morning will be able to live with the result of their actions.

"We're all human," Roberta Freer said Saturday afternoon, sitting just feet from where her husband was struck. "We know accidents happen and we're a forgiving family. We just want answers as to what happened -- we want whoever this was to do the right thing so we can have closure."

As of Saturday, nobody had come forward as the driver of a pickup that collided with Freer, 47, at about 1 a.m. Wednesday in the Queen City Motel parking lot as he was letting his black Pomeranian, Billie Jean, out for a bathroom break. After being struck by the truck, Tracy -- who had owned and operated the motel with his wife since 2002 -- was dragged about 15 feet, Roberta said, who witnessed the hit-and-run.

"The driver of that vehicle obviously knows what they did," Roberta said. "They know they hit someone. That truck tore out of here after it hit Tracy. This man was an awesome guy and an awesome father. He had three grandchildren and another one on the way -- I don't know how someone could do this and not come clean."

Roberta said she has faith that law enforcement will be able to get a break in the case. She added that the Freer family is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the driver of the pickup.

"There are some really good detectives working on this at the Dickinson Police Department," Roberta said. "They've been working hard on this since it happened. It might take some time, but I think we're going to find out who did this -- the guilt is going to eat away at this individual. We just need to know."

No stranger to tragic deaths in her family, Roberta said her grandmother, Roberta Kivmagi, was killed by a drunk driver in New Town in April.

Along with being a family man, Roberta said her husband was a huge Minnesota Vikings fan, loved to fish and had a strong desire to help people. For a time, the Freers ran a homeless shelter out of their motel, she said.

"Tracy had a very big heart," said Jerrica Friedt, Tracy's step-daughter. "He was a great dad and a great guy. We just want to know what happened that night."

The DPD is requesting anyone with any knowledge of the incident contact an officer at 701-456-7759. Contacts may remain anonymous.

Bryan Horwath
A Wisconsin native, Horwath has been covering news in the Oil Patch of North Dakota since 2012. Horwath currently serves as the senior agriculture and political reporter for The Dickinson Press and, despite the team's tendency to always let him down, remains a diehard Minnesota Vikings fan.
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