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Lebanon man killed by driver suspected of DUI

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LEBANON, Pa. (WHTM) -

A Midstate family is mourning the loss of a 24-year-old Lebanon man. Adam Herr died Saturday night after police said he was hit by a driver in Philadelphia. He was in the city for a holiday-themed event.

Every year, thousands of people dress-up like Kris Kringle for the "Running of the Santas," a pub crawl and three-block run in downtown Philadelphia.

This year, Herr joined the festivities.

"Thursday he came up from his room in the basement, and he came up with his Santa suit on because he was all excited about the Santa run," said Jeany Herr, Adam's mother. "And he did a lot of the marathons. The last thing he did was what he liked to do. He ran his last race."

Police said a few hours after the race, Herr was walking on I-95 when he was hit and killed by a driver. Police said that driver failed field sobriety tests. It is unknown why Herr was on the highway.

It is a tragedy that could leave a family bitter, but not the Herrs.

"You know this man needs hope. He needs peace. He needs salvation," said Adam's father Dennis. "Your hope doesn't come from a bottle and from marijuana."

"At first I was angry, I was. I have to admit that. But that's not gonna bring Adam back," said Jeany.

The Herr family is celebrating Herr's life. He was a Shippensburg University graduate who worked at Metro Bank in Lebanon. Family members said Herr loved the Phillies, the Beatles and running.

"Ever since he was a little boy...he was just a sweet little boy. He was quiet, but like I said, you knew he loved you," said Jeany. "He loved Christmas. He was always excited about buying people what they liked. And he was not cheap."

Underneath the Christmas tree sat a Coach box and a Vera Bradley box, gifts that Herr already bought for his sisters. Family members said they will open those gifts Christmas morning.

"We just have to move on, because Adam would've wanted us to do that. He wouldn't want us to stop Christmas parties and Christmas, he would want us to go on with life," said Jeany Herr.

"One thing we always have relied on is our faith, and that's the only thing that has sustained us," said Dennis Herr.

The man police said killed Herr is charged with vehicular homicide and other counts.

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