A 59-year-old man was killed while trying to cross an intersection in downtown Plainfield. The driver did not stop and police are searching for the vehicle.
A 59-year-old Plainfield man was killed in a hit-and-run late Monday night and police are searching for the driver.
Robert E. Jones, a veteran, was on his way home and trying to cross School Street near the intersection at Putnam Road and Main Street in the Central Village section of Plainfield at 11:20 p.m. when he was hit, according to police.
Witnesses told police that the vehicle that hit Jones had been traveling north on Main Street, turned left onto School Street. After hitting Jones, the vehicle continued west on School Street without stopping or rending aid, according to police.
Emergency medical personnel treated Jones at the scene.
“I heard … a screeching sound of tires, and I came running over … then I heard, ‘Give him CPR!’” said Steven Boledovic, who arrived at the scene moments after the crash.
Jones transported to the Plainfield Backus Emergency Room because of extensive injuries and he was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
Police are looking for a dark-colored 1992 to 1997 Isuzu Trooper or Trooper II SUV-type vehicle.
Investigators initially said they were looking for a dark-colored SUV, possibly an Isuzu Rodeo, Toyota 4-Runner or similar vehicle, but they have narrowed down the type of car.
It has extensive headlight damage and possibly minor damage to the front end, police said.
“I believe the driver believes that he or she hit something, but may not know they hit a person,” Plainfield Police Chief Michael Surprenant said.
The Plainfield Police Department contacted the State Police Accident Reconstruction Team to assist in the investigation.
Plainfield police urge anyone with information about the fatal crash to call the department at 860-564-0804 or the anonymous tip line at 860-564-7065. All calls will be kept confidential at the caller’s request.