There’s been a break in a hit-and-run case, thanks to a Fact Finders investigation. The suspected run vehicle has been found. Fact Finders let investigators know and an officer arrived to search for clues on the driver.
When a customer had his pickup towed to Unique Body Shop at 45th and Cuming, an employee had a unique reason to be suspicious. “He said I think we got the truck that was in the news,” said shop owner Ted Ostranic.
Last week a phone camera captured an Avalanche running a stop sign and speeding away from a hit-and-run. The victim, Mary Palu, suffered a head bump and her car was totaled. “Something was definitely not right in the fact his first instinct was to back up and then take off.”
The Avalanche had a transporter plate the owner of an Omaha detail shop claims had been stolen and that transporter plate would positively identify this as the hit-and-run vehicle. It had been removed.
Fact Finders called police accident investigations and an officer arrived to look over damage that might be related to the hit-and-run. “This vehicle hit something hard, real hard,” said Ostranic.
In-transits provided the name of a possible owner, but proving who was behind the wheel will take more investigation. Still, a witness says this was the hit-and-run vehicle. “It definitely looks like the truck that hit the Volvo, so it looks like you found the guy or at least the truck.”
The truck was headed to police impound while OPD contacted the owner with an avalanche of questions. The man listed on documents found in the vehicle did not return a call from Fact Finders.