OSP identifies suspect of fatal hit skip on Route 16 near Frazeysburg

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OSP identifies suspect of fatal hit skip on Route 16 near Frazeysburg

OSP, Muskingum County Coroner, Special Removal Services and Frazeysburg Fire and EMS were all on the scene.

OSP, Muskingum County Coroner, Special Removal Services and Frazeysburg Fire and EMS were all on the scene.

Christine Holmes

OSP, Muskingum County Coroner, Special Removal Services and Frazeysburg Fire and EMS were all on the scene.

Christine Holmes

Christine Holmes

OSP, Muskingum County Coroner, Special Removal Services and Frazeysburg Fire and EMS were all on the scene.

By Christine Holmes, News Director

A West Lafayette man has been identified as the main suspect of a fatal hit-and-run accident on OH-16 Monday morning that took the life of 44 year-old Roderick E. Walcott of Frazeysburg.

Jordan T. Kirk, 30, is believed to be the driver of a utility truck who initially struck and likely killed the victim while driving west on OH-16 near Frazeysburg around 6:45 a.m., according to Lieutenant Boyd of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Zanesville Post.

Walcott had been on the side of the road after stopping and exiting his vehicle.

A witness was able to give investigators a description of the truck and partial license plate information which eventually led law enforcement to Kirk.

According to Boyd, a dispatcher was able to find similar license plate numbers that matched the description of the truck, which was later identified as a vehicle owned by Thayer Power Communication Line of Reynoldsburg.

Boyd said the company confirmed the 2018 Freightliner utility truck appeared to have been involved in an accident.

OSP Investigators later located the vehicle and Kirk around 2:30 p.m. in Grove City.

The vehicle was processed for evidence and Kirk was interviewed, but no arrest has been made at this time. Boyd said the investigation is still ongoing and charges still need to be assessed by prosecutors.

According to a media release, a second vehicle driven by a 20 year-old man from New Philadelphia struck Walcott as his body was laying in the roadway.

“It’s just an unfortunate set of circumstances that occurred,” said Boyd.

The driver remained on scene and cooperated with investigators.