Police looking for Jefferson County hit-and-run driver

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CEDAR HILL, MO (KTVI) - The Missouri Highway Patrol is looking for a hit and run driver who killed a man on a scooter in Jefferson county early Sunday morning. No one discovered the victim's body until 15 hours after the accident.

Investigators were looking for the victim on Highway 30 about a mile and a half east of Highway BB. This is where they found the scooter on the shoulder right at the end of that driveway. It turned out that the victim`s body was in a grassy ditch about a mile to the west.

The Missouri Highway Patrol believes the accident happened at about 3:00 am Sunday. No one noticed the scooter for about another two hours. They say the victim, who was from Indiana, was on a 2013 Honda Scooter which would have a top speed of about 30 miles an hour.

The speed limit on this road is 60. Because it happened at the top of a hill, on a curve in an area with no street lights, investigators believe the driver came up on the victim suddenly and struck him at a high rate of speed and then kept going.

The Highway Patrol identifies the victim as William L. Bentley, 44, of Danville, Indiana. They don`t know why he was here or out on a scooter in the middle of the night. They say they have spoken to an out of state relative who spoke with him shortly before the accident.

The victim's body was discovered lying in a weedy ditch by a deputy jogging by at about 6:00 pm Sunday. They are hoping perhaps the person who hit him did not realize what they hit at the time, and will now come forward.

Anyone with information should call the Missouri Highway Patrol.

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