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Fatal hit-and-run remains under investigation
Updated: Wednesday, November 27 2013, 04:53 PM EST
By: NEWS9 and Philip Stahl
WHEELING, W.Va. --
Police are continuing to search for a driver who struck a pedestrian Tuesday night in Ohio County.
The victim, Peter M. Young, 34, of Wheeling, died as a result of his injuries.
The crash happened just before 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, just as rain was turning to snow in the area of the Interstate 70 eastbound on-ramp at the Washington Avenue interchange. A doctor who was driving by pulled over and called 911 to report the hit-and-run.
When officers arrived at the scene, they found Young lying on the side of the I-70 on-ramp.
Wheeling Police Deputy Chief Martin Kimball said Young as coherent at the time, but he was having trouble breathing, had blood on his face and was soaked because of the rain.
Police said Young told them he believed a Ford pickup truck stuck him.
Young was transported from the scene to Ohio Valley Medical Center, then died en route to Ruby Memorial Hospital around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday. Kimball said Young went into cardiac arrest on his way to Ruby Memorial and also had serious internal wounds.
The incident is currently under investigation and police said they have very little information.
Police said they don't know why Young was walking on or near the on-ramp, and they said there are no traffic cameras in that area.
"We recovered no evidence at the scene. It was raining. There was no skid marks or pieces of the vehicle lying around," Kimball said.
But investigators said they do believe the driver who struck Young knew what he or she did.
"We're looking for a Ford pickup truck, unknown color at this time. We believe that is the vehicle that is actually struck this person. Whoever is driving this truck in my mind knows that they hit what they would think is a person. Even if they think they hit a deer, they should have stopped," Kimball said.
Kimball said an autopsy will hopefully reveal more evidence, but that may take weeks.
He added that people should wear reflective clothing or bright-colored clothes while walking outside in the dark.
Anyone that may have information is asked to contact police or the NEWS9 Lauttamus Security Crime Busters Tipline at 800-862-BUST.