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Fort Wayne man struck and killed in parking lot Monday

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 8:21 am

A Fort Wayne man died late Monday night in a parking lot on the city's northwest side, and now police are looking for the driver of a large vehicle they think crashed into the man as he walked through the lot.

Richard Max Hamilton, 57, was the man who died, according to the Allen County Coroner's Office. After an autopsy Tuesday, the cause of his death was determined to be blunt force trauma. The coroner's office said Hamilton's death was accidental.

Police were called to the parking lot of Ray's Truck Wash, 3401 W. Coliseum Blvd., at 11:48 p.m. Monday. When they arrived, they found Hamilton unconscious and unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at 11:59 p.m. by medics with Three Rivers Ambulance Authority.

“At this time, it is believed that the unidentified male was walking westbound through the parking lot, when he was struck by a large vehicle that was pulling into the parking lot. The vehicle then left the scene,” police said in a press release on the fatal crash.

As of early Tuesday morning, police said they did not know what type of vehicle was involved or whether the driver of the vehicle was aware of the accident. It is also currently undetermined how long the man had been lying in the parking lot before police found him.

Investigators are looking at the scene for any evidence, possible witnesses or any video surveillance from any of the nearby businesses. Anyone who was in the area and may have seen something is encouraged to contact police.

Hamilton's death was the 13th traffic fatality in Fort Wayne and Allen County this year.

Hamilton's death is still being investigated.