CUYAHOGA FALLS – There is now "a significant reward available for information leading to an arrest and indictment" in a hit-and-run traffic crash that killed a Forest Glen Drive man on Feb. 2, the police department posted on its Facebook page Wednesday.
Police Lt. Chris Norfolk said Thursday that there are no updates in the investigation into the death of 61-year-old Robert J. Persinger after he was found at the intersection of Second Street and Grant Avenue.
"We have not had any tips lately, unfortunately," said Norfolk.
Norfolk said he did not know how much the reward is for, but said at least some of the money is coming from Summit County Crime Stoppers. According to the organization’s website, it offers rewards of up to $5,000.
Police said they and EMS responded after receiving a call at little after noon and found Persinger, but the vehicle that struck him had left the scene. EMS took Persinger to Akron City Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office said the cause of Persinger’s death was blunt force trauma to the head and torso and the manner of death was ruled an accident.
Police say it is believed that Persinger was actually struck at the intersection of Second and Chestnut Boulevard and the vehicle that struck him carried him a block south to Grant.
Anyone with information is asked to call detectives Brett Dirker and Theodore Davis at 330-971-8334. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call the confidential Cuyahoga Falls Crime Fighter tip line at 330-971-TIPS (8477).
Reporter Jeff Saunders can be reached at 330-541-9431, firstname.lastname@example.org or @JeffSaunders_RP