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JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday for 25-year-old Daniel Stein at Hardage-Giddens Hendricks Chapel.

Stein died after being hit by a car at Jacksonville Beach Saturday morning at the intersection of State Road A1A and 13th Avenue North.

Police say a black, unknown type of Mercedes struck and killed Stein as he was crossing the road.

Police say the vehicle may have sustained damage to its passenger side mirror as a result of the crash.

"Just absolutely unbelievable. Just…I mean, I still can't believe it to be honest with you. Heartbroken," said Heather Anne Callaway, a friend and former manager of Stein's.

"Daniel was just an outstanding friend. At the drop of a dime, he'd be there for you. No matter what you needed. Anything, you could call him. He was a great, bright spirit," another friend and former manager, Joshua Kessler said.

Callaway and Kessler are managers at Taco Lu in Jacksonville Beach, where Stein used to work in the kitchen.

"A very vibrant guy," Callaway said of her friend, Stein. "At work in the kitchen, they would have sing-a-long's. They would always sing 'For The Longest Time.' It was always so much fun and I'll never hear that song without thinking about him."

Callaway and Kessler said Stein took time away from work in the past to fulfill a dream of going to Colorado. Callaway burst into tears when talking about the loss of her friend.

Saturday evening, police had a message for the driver who is responsible for Stein's death.

"Please turn yourself in. Call police." Jacksonville Beach Police Sgt. Tommy Crumley told First Coast News.

"Turn yourself in," Kessler said.

"Do the right thing," pleaded Callaway.

"Come clean," Kessler emphasized.

Sunday afternoon, Joshua Agan, Executive Chef at the Flying Iquana in Neptune Beach spoke to First Coast News. Agan is a co-worker and friend of Stein's.

"He was our lead taco guy. A rock star line cook. A really great guy," Agan said.

Agan said Stein worked as a line-cook in the restaurant for 9 months.

"Dan was one of those people everyone could always get along with. Always in a good mood, no matter how busy we were. He was very intelligent. A very hard worker," Agan said.

Agan said he hoped the driver would be brought to justice when the vehicle is found and an arrest is made.

"Well, it's closure. This is a very tragic thing that happened. We really hope that somebody will be brought to justice for it. There's nothing we can do to bring Dan back, but at least it's closure for his family and for the friends."

Christiana, a person who describes herself as a close family friend of Stein's, told First Coast News, "He was so kind and a very helpful person. He made everyone around him smile. I'm hoping the car information will be released and maybe a body shop or neighbors of the driver will come forward."

The Jacksonville Beach Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying the driver. Anyone with information is asked to call (904) 270-1667.

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