The Millbrook Police Department is appealing to the public to help provide information about the death of a man in an apparent hit-and-run March 2 on Highway 14.
Units of the Millbrook police and fire departments responded to the 1400 block of Highway 14 after getting a report of a body lying on the shoulder and partially in the eastbound traffic lane of Highway 14, west of Kelley Blvd.
Officers located the body of a black male foreign national, approximately 34, which appeared to have been struck by a motor vehicle. Millbrook paramedics rendered aid but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses were unable to provide investigating officers with a description of any suspect vehicle, police said.
“This death investigation is being handled as a traffic homicide investigation at this time,” Millbrook police chief P.K. Johnson said in a press release. “While we have no evidence at this point that would suggest that the collision between this pedestrian and what appears to be a single vehicle was an intentional act, whoever was driving the vehicle that struck the victim not only left the scene of the collision, they failed to contact emergency responders to possibly render aid. They simply left this unfortunate victim on the side of the roadway to perish alone. That is an unconscionable act and it is also a crime in the state of Alabama. If you are involved in a traffic collision that involves physical injury, you have a duty to stop and render aid. That did not occur in this case.”
The victim’s body was turned over to the Elmore County Coroner’s Office and will later be turned over to the Alabama Department of Forensic Science for an autopsy to be conducted per the Elmore County District Attorney’s Office. The name of the victim has not been released pending notification of next of kin.
“All facts and evidence gathered during their investigation will be presented to the Elmore County Grand Jury for its consideration,” Johnson said. “They will determine what criminal charges will be filed against any potential offender(s) that our investigators are able to identify upon concluding their investigation.”
Johnson asked anyone who may have been traveling along Highway 14 Saturday morning when the incident occurred or who may have knowledge of this incident to call the Millbrook Police Department at 334-285-6832 or the MPD’s Secret Witness Line at 334-285-8500.
“I sincerely hope this was a terrible accident and the driver got scared, didn’t know what to do and just left the scene,” Johnson said. “If that is the case, I would appeal to the driver’s humanity to come forward and turn yourself in to our investigators and give them your full account of what happened. That’s just the right thing to do. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim’s family.”