Person killed in hit-and-run Sunday morning in Altoona

A person was walking on the westbound side of Highway 12 when they were hit by a vehicle during the early morning hours Sunday.
A person was walking on the westbound side of Highway 12 when they were hit by a vehicle during...
A person was walking on the westbound side of Highway 12 when they were hit by a vehicle during the early morning hours Sunday.(WEAU)
Published: Jul. 3, 2022 at 11:08 AM CDT
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ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU) - A person is dead after being hit by a vehicle Sunday morning in Altoona.

The Altoona Police Department said in a release that the person was walking on the westbound side of Highway 12 when they were hit by a vehicle during the early morning hours Sunday. Police arrived at the scene of the hit-and-run crash at 5:16 a.m. on Highway 12 between McCann Drive and 10th Street West.

Altoona Police said in an updated release Sunday afternoon that they had a suspect in custody, as well as possession of the vehicle they were searching for. Earlier Sunday, police were searching for a Ford, possibly an Explorer, from the model years 2014 through 2018. The vehicle was believed to have black trim and silver fog lights and had damage on the front and side on the passenger side of the vehicle.

Anyone with information about the vehicle or the crash is asked to call the Altoona Police Department at 715-839-4972, Crime Stoppers at 715-874-8477 (TIPS) or to submit a tip anonymously via the P3 Tips mobile app or at eauclairecountycrimestoppers.org.

The Wisconsin State Patrol and Altoona Police Department continue to investigate the crash. No other information is being provided at this time.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation said that Highway 12 westbound was closed for over four hours, from 5:30 until 9:41 a.m., while the crash was investigated.

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