TOWN OF RAYMOND -- Investigators in Racine County need your help after a man was found dead on the side of the road in the Town of Raymond Tuesday night, Nov. 27 -- the victim of a hit-and-run. It happened on a dark stretch of County Highway U, north of 7 Mile Road -- and there were few clues left behind.
The victim was identified as 61-year-old Keith Brown. Those who knew him want to know who did this.
"He was a great mechanic. He could do anything with cars, trucks. It was his life, you know?" said Al Schill, who employed Brown for 20 years.
Schill, in tears after learning Brown was hit by a car and killed just before 9 p.m. on Tuesday, called Brown a hard worker.
"He was my racing crew chief for probably about the same amount of time," said Schill.
A neighbor across the street from where this happened said he heard a loud "bang" on Tuesday night. Another driver called 911, but it's unclear if they were able to provide a description of the suspect vehicle.
According to the Racine County Sheriff's Office, Brown left a local bar around 8:20 p.m. and appeared to have gotten his truck stuck. Officials say it appears Brown was walking back to the bar when he was struck.
"He got stuck and got out of his vehicle. I don't know all the details, but from what I'm hearing, he did get hit by another vehicle. He was a good guy. I'm going to miss him a lot," said Schill.
Officials said an autopsy on Wednesday revealed Brown suffered multiple skull fractures, broken ribs on the right side, and a broken/dislocated shoulder.
"Accidents happen, but if you know what you did, you should come forward and go to the authorities. Turn yourself in," said Schill.
Officials say the vehicle involved most likely has passenger-side damage.
If you have any information, please call the Racine County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau at 262-636-3323. Information can also be provided anonymously through Racine County Crime Stoppers by telephone at 262-636-9330, website at racine.crimestoppersweb.com.