The family of a man who was struck and killed early Monday morning by a hit-and-run driver is asking that the driver responsible come forward.

Department of Public Safety troopers said the man's body was discovered around 7 a.m. on the eastbound side of FM 624, just outside of Bluntzer. They said the driver of the vehicle that hit him did not stay at the scene or report the accident.

It was a passerby who spotted the victim in the brush near the side of the road and called police.

"Right now we don't have any leads as to whether it's a pickup truck, passenger car, or a van," DPS Sgt. Nathan Brandley said. "We are looking for anyone out there to contact the Corpus Christi DPS."

Troopers said the victim, identified as 53-year-old Marcos Garza of Robstown, was walking from the Orange Grove area toward Calallen when he was struck by a vehicle and left to die.

The man's sudden death has left his family in shock and disbelief. They said their brother would have turned 54 next month.

Authorities ask that anybody with information regarding this crime contact the Corpus Christi DPS.