MPD asking for public’s help finding driver who hit pedestrian, left him in street Thursday night

The Madison Police Department is hopeful that someone will be able to help lead them to the driver who hit a 60-year-old man who was crossing Northport Drive on Thursday night.

Police spokesperson Joel DeSpain said detectives “don’t have much to go on” because the little surveillance footage they have just shows a dark-colored car hitting the man just after 10 p.m.

“We’re really appealing to others who might’ve been in that area who would’ve seen maybe a dark-colored car driving recklessly,” said DeSpain.

The man has critical injuries to his head, heart and other internal organs. DeSpain said the department is monitoring his condition closely to see if this turns into a homicide case.

“His shoes are found way far away from where his body was located, so he was hit by a vehicle that was moving pretty fast,” said DeSpain. “Whoever was driving that car must live near someone, and some folks out there might be seeing a car that has significant damage today that it didn’t have yesterday.”

Drivers found the body in the middle of the road and arranged their cars to block him from getting hit again, according to DeSpain. They tended to him until paramedics arrived.

“We had some people who did the right things. Unfortunately, we have a driver who didn’t do anything right,” said DeSpain.

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