Cops: Hit-and-run driver sought after man killed, dog injured

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32-year-old Timothy Fleming loved his dog Jordan.  The black Labrador was like a family member according to relatives.

His cousin says it is not surprising Fleming chased after Jordan when the dog got out early Saturday morning, but it is heartbreaking that a hit-and-run driver injured Jordan and killed Fleming.

“He cares a lot, that’s the thing about Tim. He didn’t care about how foggy it was this morning, he didn’t think about the cars,” his family said.

“I don’t blame the dog, I don’t blame the guy that hit him.”

It all happened near the southbound entrance ramp to Route 41 from Washington Street in Gurnee at around 3:45a.m.

Fleming lived nearby on the 100 block of Waveland. He returned home from his job as a bartender around 3:30. Jordan got out and Fleming went after him, following the dog across the road.

“Somebody struck this guy and kept going.”

“Officers responded and found the victim unresponsive and the dog was injured.”

Police do not have any witnesses or leads so far. They are asking anyone who saw something to come forward.

Fleming’s family is praying someone will.

“If you saw something please speak out so our family can have some kind of closure.”

“You just don’t want to hate anyone because that’s not what my cousin would want, of course you want justice.”

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  • Joyce

    I understand accidents can happen. What I don't understand is how somebody can hit a person and not stop to see what can be done to help. It is impossible to hit somebody and not be aware of it. Whoever hit Timothy is a coward! Timothy sounds like a caring person and I hope Heaven gave him a big welcome….he died doing good!!! My sympathy to his family and friends.

    • Common Sense

      It’s terrible that he lost his life over the dog’s life. They say a dog is a man’s best friend. Maybe we should stop teaching that crap. No God is our best friend! Had he saw it that way he would have realized that that is what dogs do and proceeded with caution. Terrible lost and the dogs is still alive to run in front of another car in the future.

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