Rockford Scanner fans called police to report the vehicle near Trevor Circle. Police came to investigate the vehicle, and said it was the vehicle involved in the accident.
Thanks to Rockford Scanner fans, they were able to locate the vehicle and develop suspect information.
Rockford Scanner fan said the vehicle was parked near Trevor Circle shortly after the accident and still had blood on it.
On September 9, 2016 at approximately 9:50 pm, members of the Rockford Police Department responded to the area of 2000 Kishwaukee Street after receiving calls of a crash involving a pedestrian who was laying in the roadway. Officers arrived to find evidence of a crash and a 67-year-old victim, Richard Walker, from Rockford who was later pronounced deceased on-scene.
Rockford Police Department Traffic Investigators conducted a follow-up investigation into this incident and reviewed the results with the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office who issued a warrant for:
Kellen M. Odems, B/M, 29, Rockford, IL
Charge: Aggravated leaving the scene of an accident involving death
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Kellen M. Odems is encouraged to call the Traffic Investigations Unit at 779-500-6461 or Crimestoppers 815-963-7867.
This is an active investigation. No further information is available for release at this time. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.
A statement from the assisted living building the victim lived in:
It is with a very heavy heart that I am able to confirm that one of our residents was involved in a fatal accident, which occurred while he was away from his home at Rockford Supportive Living, Friday night.
Our senior community is mourning the loss of one of its beloved members. I ask for privacy and respect during this time of mourning for his neighbors and friends, as well as our caring and devoted staff at Rockford Supportive living, who are missing him greatly. Our deepest condolences to his family and all affected by this tragic loss.
I would like to take this time to publicly thank all of the first responders of our city, as well as the RPD and Winnebago County Coroner’s office, for their incredible caring and efficient staff.
Renee Sidebottom, Director of Nursing and Acting Executive Director, Rockford Supportive Living
On September 9th., 2016, at approximately 9:50 PM., the Rockford Police Department responded to Kishwaukee St. and New Milford Avenue for a serious traffic crash. Upon arrival officers located a deceased subject at the scene. The preliminary investigation indicates a subject riding in a wheelchair was struck in the 2100 block of Kishwaukee St. by a vehicle. This subject became entangled in the vehicle and was dragged for several blocks until becoming dislodged at New Milford Ave. The subject was pronounced deceased at the scene and his identity is not being released at this time. The offending vehicle fled the scene south on Kishwaukee St. and at the time of this release it is being described as a silver passenger car.
At the time of this release no additional details were available. As the investigation continues more information will be made available.
Several Rockford Scanner fans contacted us and said there are a lot of police on Kishwaukee near the Harrison area. Several have said there was a hit and run to a pedestrian. No suspect information. they said the victim has life threatening injuries.
Rockford police are encrypted, so no information from the police.
UPDATE: The police only released this info:
On 09-09-16, at approximately 9:50 PM the Rockford Police Department responded to the 1600 block of Kishwaukee St. for a serious traffic crash. Upon arrival officers found an accident scene that went from the 1600 block down to the 2600 block. As a result of this Kishwaukee St. will be closed for the next several hours from the 1600 block down to the 2600 block. Motorists are asked to avoid the area for the remainder of the evening.