Portage Police are
seeking the publicís help in identifying the hit-and-run driver who struck
and killed a pedestrian on Saturday on U.S. Highway 20.
Coroner Chuck Harris today identified the victim as Brian N. Bradford, 46,
of Minford, Ohio.
police, at 9:58 p.m. Bradford had just visited a nearby gas station and was
walking east in the 2100 block of U.S. 20, along the south shoulder, when he
was struck from behind by an eastbound vehicle. Harris said that Bradford
was thrown into the middle of the roadway, where he was pronounced dead at
the scene of massive blunt force trauma.
The motorist then
fled the scene, continuing eastbound, and was possibly last seen turning
right onto southbound Crisman Road.
the suspect vehicle as a dark gray Dodge Ram pickup truck with blue tinted
HID driving lights mounted low on the front end and amber colored marker
lights on the roof. The vehicle also has a loud defective exhaust system.
information on the driver, the suspect vehicle, or the incident is asked to
contact Det. Scott Harmeling at (219) 764-5796.
Harris said that a
forensic autopsy and toxicology screen will be performed as part of the