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Police seek public's help in identifying hit-and-run driver after man, 77, dies

CLEARWATER — Almost three months after being hit by a car while walking his dog, a 77-year-old man has died of his injuries.

Now, police are seeking the public's help to find the person who drove a car into him and never looked back.

The crash happened on March 20 just after 7 a.m. at South Drive and East Drive, just south of Sunset Point Road, police said.

Edward Ortwein was walking his dog when he was hit by the car. He called 911 and reported the crash. By the time paramedics got to the scene, Ortwein had lost consciousness, officials said. Officers found him lying in the road, suffering from injuries described at the time as life-threatening.

Ortwein was rushed to Bayfront Medical Center. The dog was returned home safely.

On Friday, Ortwein died from his injuries at Westchester Gardens Rehab Facility in Clearwater.

Police have asked the public to assist in gathering information that might lead to an arrest. No vehicle description was immediately available. Anyone with information should contact authorities at (727) 562-4242.

Anonymous tips can be submitted through the Clearwater Police Department's website at clearwaterpolice.org or its Facebook page at facebook.com/ClearwaterPolice.

Marissa Lang can be reached at mlang@tampabay.com or (727) 445-4155.

Police seek public's help in identifying hit-and-run driver after man, 77, dies 06/11/12 [Last modified: Monday, June 11, 2012 4:16pm]
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