An Iron Range mother is hoping to raise funds to support activities and scholarships in honor of her son, whose death from a hit-and-run crash nearly five years ago remains unsolved.

Scott "Scotty" Christensen, 24, was killed along County Highway 100, just south of the Loon Lake Community Center in the Palo area, on the morning of Oct. 2, 2016. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office said he had injuries consistent with a vehicle-pedestrian crash, which likely occurred between 1:30 and 4 a.m. that day.

But authorities have never located the driver or learned the full circumstances of Christensen's death, despite a number of public pleas for information.

Christensen's mother, Rita Licari, who has held numerous past events in support of a reward fund, said she now wants to expand fundraising efforts to support some of her son's passions, including welding education, blacksmithing and 4-H.

Licari will be holding a "poker run and curbside chili feed" from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Olcott Park in Virginia. The motorcycle and car ride, starting at 11 a.m., costs $25, while the meal is available for $8.

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"Finding the answers will not change the fact he will never come back to us," Licari said, "but having answers can help us to move past that part of the event so we may be able to heal some and try to focus more on placing positive events in his memory."

For more information, contact Licari at 218-404-3973 or