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Police make plea for tips on deadly hit-skip crash

DELHI TOWNSHIP, Ohio (Jeff Hirsh) -- It's been almost three weeks since a car hit Christopher Shaw, throwing him over an embankment.

He wasn't found for hours.  Also not found yet, whoever was driving the car.  Police were hoping there would be witnesses although it happened in the middle of the night.  Or maybe somebody heard somebody talking or maybe, just maybe, the driver would turn him or herself in to the authorities.

"We just want to reach out to the public right now. We've had very few leads," said Cpl. Brad Doerger of the Delhi police department.
   
26-year-old Christopher Shaw was hit and killed by a car sometime after 3A.M. July 18.  He was walking on Rapid Run Road after leaving a bar.  His body was not found until the next afternoon.

"The area where he was struck was dark and not well lit.  The person who hit Chris may not know he hit Chris.  They know they struck something.  They may have turned around and come back and not seen Chris.  He was thrown over an embankment and was not visible from the roadway," Cpl. Doerger said.
   
Chris' parents, Gail and Tim Courtney, joined the plea, "He was kind, gentle hearted and a good friend to many.  We truly believe Chris' death was a tragic accident that was unintentional.  We believe that someone has to know something about what led to the death of our son," said Tim. 

Anything the public can do to help with the case officials are urging them to come forward.  While police believe this was an accident, there's always the possibility of some sort of charges once they know exactly what happened.  So maybe that was why the driver, if indeed he or she is even in the area, has not come forward.

If you have a tip about this case, you can submit it anonymously through the Delhi Township website, police Facebook page or app or by calling Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.




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