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Police recover Ford Explorer wanted in fatal hit-and-run in Round Lake Beach

Police detectives were seeking a black 2011-2014 Ford Explorer, similar to this image, in connection with a fatal hit-and-run in Round Lake Beach on Saturday. | Provided Photo.

The black Ford Explorer wanted for fleeing the scene after hitting and killing a man in Round Lake Beach has been recovered, police announced.

Round Lake Beach Deputy Police Chief Wayne Wilde said Sunday evening that police had located the vehicle and seized it for evidence.

“We are continuing to investigate this crash and will hopefully have additional information later this week,” Wilde said.

On Saturday, dispatchers received a 911 call to check on the well-being of a person found lying in a ditch line on Route 83 north of Fox Chase Drive.

The Round Lake Beach Police Department and Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District responded to the call around 6:34 a.m. Saturday.

Officers arrived and located an unresponsive male on the west side of the roadway with several pieces of vehicle debris around him.

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A fatal crash occurred Saturday morning on Route 83 near Fox Chase Drive in Round Lake Beach. | Photo: Google Street View.

Paramedics from Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District responded and pronounced the man dead at the scene a short time later.

The Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team (MCAT) was called to assist the Round Lake Beach Police Department with the investigation.

Police said a black 2011-2014 Ford Explorer, similar to the image provided above, struck the man and fled the scene.

Wilde said Saturday evening that the vehicle was missing its passenger-side mirror and the vehicle has extensive front passenger side damage.

The Lake County Coroner’s Office also responded to the scene on Saturday and scheduled an autopsy on the man for Monday. His identity will be released following the autopsy.

It is unclear where the vehicle was located or if any person of interest are being interviewed by police.