Granite City police identify victim in fatal hit and run

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GRANITE CITY (KTVI) -  Granite City Police need the public`s help in solving a hit and run fatality that happened on a bicycle and walking path.

A Friday morning walker found the body of 35-year-old Granite City resident Jack W. Hoppe 100 yards from Victory Drive on the hard surface trail sponsored by Madison County.

The recreational path is limited to cyclists, skaters and walkers.  Signs indicate no motor vehicles are permitted on the trail.  But autopsy results show the victim was struck and killed by a motor vehicle, not a bicycle.

Police say the accident happened sometime between 9:40 pm Thursday and 6 am on Friday.  They assume the victim was walking.  No bicycle could be located.

A drainage ditch runs on one side of the trail.  High voltage power towers run on the opposite side next to backyards of ranch homes on Dale.  Neighborhood resident Rufus Valencia walks the trail with his dog but rarely after dark.  There are no lights along the path.

Valencia was surprised to learn of the fatality.  "Everybody is pretty nice through here and they watch out for each other," he said Friday.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Granite City Police at 618-877-6111.


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