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Police seek hit-and-run suspect

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Kayla Bunge
November 27, 2009
— Police are looking for a suspect in a hit-and-run accident that injured a UW-Whitewater student about 5:25 p.m. Tuesday at Main and Prince streets.

Stephen Johnson, 20, Rockford, Ill., was walking south in the crosswalk across Main Street and was struck by a vehicle turning onto Main Street from Prince Street, according to a the Whitewater Police Department. Johnson was thrown into the air and landed in the left lane of westbound traffic on Main Street.


The driver of the vehicle stopped and got out of his car. He looked at the student lying in the street and said, “I forgot something. I’ll be right back,” according to the release. The driver fled the scene, heading east on Main Street.


Johnson was transported to Fort Memorial Hospital, Fort Atkinson, where he was treated and later released.


Witnesses at the scene described the vehicle as a newer model, silver, four-door sedan. One witness described the car as having a “smaller, sporty look,” such as a Mazda.


A witness told police the first digit of the license plate was 1 and it might have been an Illinois plate.


Witnesses also described the driver as a college-age white male, about 6 feet to 6 feet 3 inches tall, 150 to 175 pounds, with short, brown hair. One witness told police she thought she had seen the man on the UW-Whitewater campus.


The incident remains under investigation.


Anyone with information about this incident should call the Whitewater Police Department at (262) 473-0555 or Walworth County Crime Stoppers at (262) 723-2677.



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