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Hit And Run Kills Pedestrian Near Cheyenne [AUDIO]

The Wyoming Highway Patrol is investigating an apparent hit-and-run crash that killed a pedestrian last week. The patrol said Thursday that 27-year-old Margarito Vasquez-Cruz was apparently struck by a car while walking on a highway south of Cheyenne on January 25th. They’re looking for the driver of that vehicle but don’t have much to go on.

Driver didn’t even stop:

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“This was two miles south of Cheyenne on U.S. 85 just a little before 7 pm on the 25th and it involved a pedestrian that was in the highway that was struck by a vehicle. And the vehicle left the scene, apparently didn’t even stop. And we’re trying to get some information, if anybody has any on who the driver might be and where the vehicle is.”

Highway Patrol Sgt. Stephen Townsend said when a different driver saw Vasquez-Cruz lying in the road, the driver turned around, and parked facing oncoming traffic. However, before the driver could reach Vasquez-Cruz, another passing driver, blinded by the parked vehicle’s headlights, struck him a second time.

Accident in attempt to help:

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“A passer-by came by and saw Margarito laying in the traffic lane on U.S. 85, so they made a U-turn, came back and parked on the wrong side of the road, facing traffic and left their headlights on and another vehicle coming southbound was unable to see him lying in the roadway because of the headlight glare in his eyes. However, the coroner has determined that the first vehicle, the hit and run vehicle, was the one that caused the fatal injuries.”

That driver stopped and cooperated with troopers. Anyone who can identify the driver or vehicle being sought in this hit-and-run investigation is encouraged to contact the Wyoming Highway Patrol at 1-800-442-9090.

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