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Dec 10, 2013 8:01 PM by Janine Reyes

Grieving Father Asks Community to Look Out for Wanted Man

CORPUS CHRISTI -- Tonight authorities are searching for a man accused of causing a deadly car crash in refugio county back in August. He's also wanted for violating his parole.

Leo George Click is on the run tonight. While capturing him is important to authorities, it's especially crucial to a father who lost his only son in that deadly crash.

14 year old Sam Stoffregen lived to scuba dive.

"He wanted to be a marine biologist, he wanted to teach people about how important it is for the coral reefs, the sea life, how important it is to all of us," Sam Stoffregen said while describing his son.

On his way to becoming a master diver, Sam had other plans in place too.

"He already had his 5 year plan together, this kid, it was amazing, I loved him so much," Stoffregen said.

Samson played cello, soccer and football, to name a few.

He also was the only child his father Jonathan and his mother, Michelle Gatto had.

On August 18th, their only child had plans to go to the beach with his best friend.

They never made it.

Investigators say Leo George Click crossed the double lines along Highway 35 and ran his Dodge Ram head on into Nicole Lowenberg's Range Rover.

45 year old Nicole Lowenberg, Sam's best friend's mom, died in the crash, and so did Samson.

"I miss him so much, I miss him every day, every moment of time," Stoffregen said while holding back tears, "every day is just deep breaths and single steps while we try to heal from all this pain."

It is pain that's only magnified by the fact that the man investigators blame for causing the crash that killed Sam, is now running from authorities.

"Its hard enough knowing that there's nothing in the world I can do to ever have him back," Stoffregen said.

Click got out of prison in May, where he served time for assault-family violence.

In August, he caused the crash, and by mid-November, he stopped reporting to parole officers.

Now, this grieving dad has a message for the man he's never met; the man who forever changed his life. "Mr. Click, if you're listening to this, do the right thing and turn yourself in," he said.

Click is wanted by parole officers, they issued a warrant November 11th. The grand jury in Refugio County indicted him November 22nd, so, multiple agencies are looking for this man. If you know here he is, call police.

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