Private investigators involved in search for answers in fatal hit and run

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CEDAR HILL, MO (KTVI) - The family of a man killed by a hit and run driver while riding a scooter in Jefferson County is hoping the public will provide information leading to an arrest.

“I’m taking it kind of hard right now, he was my firstborn son,” said William Bentley Sr., the father of 44-year old William Bentley, killed on April 24 on Highway 30 near Cedar Hill.

The accident happened at about 3:00 a.m.

Bentley had been riding a Honda Scooter at about 30 miles an hour when an SUV--probably going at least twice that speed--hit him and left him for dead.

Security camera video shows a white SUV dragging the scooter along the road for at least a half mile. Bentley, who weighed almost 300 pounds, was thrown 120 feet at the point of impact. His body landed in a grassy ditch and was not discovered for more than 12 hours until it was spotted by a jogger.

“What kind of person would hit someone that way?” asked Bentley Sr.

“When you hit somebody you know you didn’t hit a deer or a dog, and then you drag your scooter for nearly a mile down the road?” he said.

Captured Investigative Agency, a private detective agency located in Clayton, is helping the family for free, and posting a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

“We are putting up that cash reward hoping someone will come forward and give the family some closure and the justice they deserve for their son,” said assistant investigator Jessica Green.

Bentley Sr., who lives in Stanley, North Carolina, said his son was a former drug addict turned drug counselor and was living with his girlfriend in Dixon, Missouri in a neighborhood said to plagued by drug dealing.

Twelve hours before he was killed, William Bentley called his father, Bentley Sr.

“He told me, ‘I got to get away from here, I’ve been threatened, and I am scared they are going to do me harm,’ and that’s the last I heard of him,” Bentley Sr. said.

Bentley's father arranged to pick his son up two days later to give him a ride out of state, but apparently he chose not to wait, heading out of Dixon that night on the scooter he received as a gift from the drug counseling ministry he had joined.

The crash remains under investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

To find out more about the reward, call Captured Investigative Agency at 314-899-5061.

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