“He knew he killed somebody, and he still left,” Family speak outs after street racing death

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Family members of Eric Grant are still in shocked by his sudden passing.

Heidi Grant was in Michigan when she heard the tragic news about her little brother.

"My brother was crossing the road, and he was trying to get back up to curb but he couldn't make it. And, [the suspect] knew he killed somebody, and he still left," Heidi told News 4.

According to police, 20-year-old Tanner Watts and another driver were racing when Watts allegedly hit Eric, killing him. After the crash, Watts left the scene, police said.

"I was dumbfounded. I mean, [street] racing on a hill in the city, like really?" Heidi said.

Heidi was even more upset when she learned Watts has a criminal history and was still able to bond out of jail after this most recent arrest.

"The laundry list of speeding, and DUI and a burglary charge, and I'm like how did he get out this time?" Heidi said.

She said her brother had a criminal past himself but was turning his life around, adding he was sober almost 16 months when he died.

"I have up days and down days. It's hard to deal sometimes, because he had come through so much and was finally happy with his life," Heidi said.

Watts is facing a charge of first-degree murder and leaving the scene of an accident involving death.

"People need to pay attention. If they hadn't been [street] racing, my brother would still be alive," Heidi said.

Watts will be in court on Nov. 9 for a preliminary hearing conference.

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