Driver in I-71 crash that killed beloved grandfather remains at large

The grandfather of nine is remembered by one of his sons as “a great guy, the hardest working person I’ve ever met.”

Family asking people to come forward with tips after fatal hit-skip

WASHINGTON TWP., Ohio (FOX19) - The family of a man killed in an early December hit-skip is seeking answers as authorities continue to search for the driver that fled after hitting him.

Jim Clark, 76, died Dec. 7 in a crash on northbound Interstate 71 over the Jeremiah Morrow Bridge in Warren County.

An OSHP investigation determined the crash occurred when two northbound vehicles, including Clark’s Ford Ranger, collided. Clark then lost control, traveled off the road and struck several concrete barriers in succession.

The other vehicle, an unknown, light-colored SUV, continued north on the highway, according to OSHP.

Clark was pronounced dead at the scene.

Clark’s son, Randy Clark, says his father was on his way to the family business when the crash happened.

The family was devastated afterwards but also hopeful the driver would turn himself in. Nearly a month later, that has not happened.

“To have him gone and not have any answers has been really hard on her,” Randy said of his mother, Clark’s wife of 54 years. “She would like to have some answers, and so would my brother, sister and I.”

The family just had their first Christmas without the husband and father. Randy says his dad used to buy tons of presents for his nine grandchildren.

“The grandkids are taking it pretty hard,” Randy said, “not having grandpa around.”

If you have any information about the crash, you’re urged to call Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Lebanon Post at 513.932.4444.

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