Police: driver in fatal hit-and-run comes forward

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The driver who hit and killed a man early Sunday morning has come forward, according to police.

Forest Park police said the driver initially drove away after striking Samuel Clark, 39, along Conley Road.  Clark was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital where he later died of his injuries. 

"My heart can't do nothing but rejoice, [be]cause this family was tore up and we all been praying that this would happen," said Gary Lynn, Clark's father.

Investigators have not released the name of the alleged driver, nor what charges he or she will face in the crash.

Clark's family, however, said the charges are less important than forgiveness. 

"Thank you to the one that turned [himself] in," Lynn said.  "Thank you and we will be praying for you."

Family man

Relatives said Clark was a giving and loving son, brother and uncle.  As the oldest of three children, he served as an example for his brother, Gary Lynn, Jr., and his sister, Latrice Lynn-Malcom. 

"He was my role model," said Lynn, Jr.  "Growing up, I would just try to imitate him.  Everywhere he went, I wanted to go."

Clark adored his niece and nephew and loved music. 

"Sam was just a big part of this family.  You know, he was the life of the family," his father recalled.