A 35-year-old man was killed while crossing Woodhaven Boulevard in Queens early Saturday in a hit-and-run, police said.
Officials said Yunior Antonio Perez was struck near the intersection of Jamaica Avenue at around 3:15 a.m.
Perez's family said he was heading home from his job as a cook when he was struck by the car.
They said he was a joyful person.
"He was a guy who always smiled," said Wally Diaz, his cousin. "You always see him joking. You never saw him sad."
Police said the car that hit the man may have been a white Honda sedan. Perez's family is hoping a mirror from the vehicle found at the scene will help in finding the driver.