This week’s “Crime of the Week” focuses on a fatal Hit-Skip Accident which took place in Whitehall in 2018.
On February 21, 2018, at approximately 10:14pm, Whitehall Police responded to a hit-skip accident at the intersection of E. Main Street and Shady Lane Road, where a pedestrian was struck and killed. The vehicle in question, which may be a shade of red and possibly an SUV, was traveling westbound on E. Main Street, and turned southbound on Shady Lane Road, striking the pedestrian, identified as Mr. Phillippe Schlagetter, age 57, who was crossing Shady Lane Road, in the crosswalk. The vehicle fled south on Shady Lane Road without stopping. Mr. Schlagetter died at the scene. Area surveillance footage confirms that there was a witness driving directly behind the vehicle that struck Mr. Schlagetter. It is clear from the footage that the witness saw the accident and even stopped in front of the body. Per Deputy Chief Dan Kelso, “This individual has legal obligation to come forward to police and report exactly what he or she saw. Not only do they have a legal obligation, they have a moral obligation. How would they feel if this was their family member and a witness did or said nothing?” A photo of Mr. Phillippe Schlagetter may be viewed on our website at www.stopcrime.org.
Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for any information leading to the arrest and/or indictment of the person(s) responsible for this crime. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477) or go to our website at www.stopcrime.org and submit your tip. You may also submit a tip by downloading our new free P3 Tips mobile app available on the iOS and Android platforms. We are no longer taking tips via text message.
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Crime Stoppers is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization. Reward money comes from private individuals, businesses, and foundations that see Crime Stoppers as an integral tool in the community’s fight against crime. Tax-deductible donations can be sent to Central Ohio Crime Stopper’s, Inc., and P.O. BOX 16038, COLUMBUS, OH 43216-6038.
Watch for the depiction of each “Crime of the Week” during newscasts on WCMH NBC 4, Sunday morning 7a.m., 9 a.m. and at 6 p.m., as well as Monday 11 a.m. Also watch for the depiction to be aired on WBNS 10TV, WSYX ABC 6, WTTE FOX 28, and featured in The Columbus Dispatch every Monday.