Deadly Hit & Run: Who's Responsible?

By: Sarah Platt
By: Sarah Platt

Police are asking for your help in finding the driver responsible for a deadly hit and run in South Bend. It happened last week on the 3400 block of Edison Street. Police are trying to generate new interest in the case.

On November 13th, 50-year-old William Bennett Jr. was trying to cross Edison near Helmen, heading to a nearby restaurant. But seconds later, the South Bend man became the victim of a hit and run.

We recovered evidence at the scene which would indicate that this vehicle should have sustained body damage, paint damage and should have had damage to the grill work and components of the grill,” says South Bend Police Sergeant Eugene Eyster.

Tips so far have not led to any suspects. Police are still looking for the driver of a white work-type Chevy Express van, model year 1996 to 2002. The van might have a ladder rack on top. “We are interested in speaking to this individual to find out what the circumstances were that led to this accident,” adds Eyster.

The Fatal Alcohol Crash Team (FACT) says there's no evidence that showed the van ever used it's brakes after Bennett was hit. His family is asking the public for their help.

“I'm just pleaing for people to think about it, if you were in the area or maybe saw a Savanahh van, that you would make a notation and call,” says Bennett’s younger brother Tim, on the phone in California.

Police are hoping paint from the crime scene will narrow down the year of the van. Either way, it's a painstaking process. That's why they hope the driver will come forward.

“There are some ramifications and some things that will have to be dealt with, but I guess that's better than looking over your shoulder every hour, wondering what point in time we're going to knock on the door,” says Eyster.

If you have any information on this deadly hit and run, you're urged to contact South Bend Police or Crime Stoppers at 288-STOP.


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