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    Police seek public’s help after fatal Dorchester hit-and-run

    The mother of a 51-year-old man killed Wednesday in a hit-and-run accident in Dorchester recalled her son as loving and personable.

    Ruth Carter said she was devastated to hear of the death of her son, Paul Fonseca, who had left their Dorchester home Wednesday evening to visit a friend.

    “His last words were, ‘I’ll see you in a few,’ ” Carter said. “And then we get a phone call saying he was in the hospital -- an emergency -- for me to hurry. It was just unbelievable.”

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    Just before 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Boston police responded to a call for a pedestrian struck at Blue Hill Avenue and American Legion Highway. The victim, whom Carter identified as Fonseca, suffered serious injuries from the crash and later died, police said.

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    Police issued a plea Thursday for the public’s help in locating a black Lincoln Town Car believed to have been involved in the accident and last seen fleeing outbound on Blue Hill Avenue.

    Fonseca was the older brother of two sisters, Carter said. He lived in a house on Glenway Street with the rest of his family.

    He was “always laughing, making others laugh,” she said. “He was always putting you at ease, making you comfortable with yourself. He was a good person to be around. He was a joy.”

    Carter said she hopes her son will be remembered as the pleasant and dependable man that he was.

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    “It’s just a terrible tragedy,” she said. “We’re going to miss him.”

    Rachel Riley can be reached at rachel.riley@globe.com.