Alexandria police release images that could yield clues in fatal hit-and-run
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. - The Alexandria Police Department has released images of a vehicle that may provide more clues to a fatal hit-and-run that happened in Alexandria on Monday, March 19.
Detectives believe that the vehicle was in close proximity to the scene of the crash, which happened at about 10:30 p.m. Anyone with any information about the vehicle in the images or the driver is encouraged to contact the Alexandria Police Department at 320-763-6631.
In the updated news release, police thanked the public for all the tips provided about the hit-and-run so far. They said the tips have "helped narrow the search immensely" for the driver and vehicle.
Travis Pennig, 26, of Alexandria died in the hit-and-run after he was struck by a vehicle while walking in Alexandria the evening of Monday, March 19.
He was found by the side of the road and had suffered significant injuries consistent with being hit by a vehicle, according to the Alexandria Police Department.
The accident happened on 34th Avenue in front of the Meadowland Estates mobile home park. According to Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels, a passerby called police after seeing a person lying on the side of the road.
Pennig leaves behind his fiance, Corrie Jennings, and two children, 2-year-old Hayzel and 4-year-old Oriin.
"He was so goofy and loved our kids more than anything," Jennings said.
According to Jennings, Pennig had left their home at the Meadowland Estates mobile home park in Alexandria to walk their dog. When she heard the dog barking, she looked outside and saw the dog tied to a light post. She says at that point, someone had already called the police about a pedestrian being hit. Law enforcement was on scene and tending to Pennig.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is assisting with the investigation.
A fundraiser has been set up for the Jennings and the children.