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Crime Stoppers offers reward for information on fatal hit-and-run

Timothy Fleming who was killed hit-and-run accident Nov. 16 near his home Gurnee is shown here with girlfriend Nicole Amato.

Timothy Fleming, who was killed in a hit-and-run accident Nov. 16 near his home in Gurnee, is shown here with girlfriend Nicole Amato. | SUBMITTED PHOTO

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Updated: April 6, 2014 3:50AM



Lake County Crime Stoppers and Gurnee police are hoping that a reward may help develop some information on a fatal hit-and-run accident that occurred late last year. A 31-year-old man was killed and his dog had to be put down after both were struck near the Washington Street southbound on ramp for Route 41.

Authorities speculate that Timothy Fleming was trying to get his dog, Jordyn, a labrador/husky mix, when the pair was struck by an unknown vehicle near Waveland Avenue, just a few blocks from where he lived in a neighborhood known as Peanutville, just after 3:30 a.m. Nov. 16. Police found him on the ground unresponsive wearing a Chicago Cubs jacket and yellow pajama bottoms. The dog was lying next to him.

Friends and family have urged the person who struck Fleming to come forward.

“The guy that hit him, I hope he has a conscience,” said John Fleming, 30, of Gurnee, a cousin and housemate. “Any caring person would at least call an ambulance,” said Ryan Hoyt, one of his numerous friends. The backyard of the Fleming home looks out over Route 41 between the Washington and Grand Avenue exits.

Gurnee Police Sgt. Brian Smith said that Fleming may have been running after the dog. “Unfortunately, we have received zero information,” Smith said in a November interview.

It wasn’t unusual for Fleming , who grew up in Antioch, to be up late at night. He worked as a bartender at Fleming’s (no relation) Steakhouse in Lincolnshire and typically arrived home by 1 a.m., John Fleming said.

“He loved life,” said Fleming.

“We spent time outdoors grilling in zero-degree weather because we love to grill and that’s what we do. Ain’t no snow stoppin’ that,” he said. Friend Jason Falk of Waukegan agreed, “He’d spend an entire day grilling a beef brisket.”

Fleming liked to read and travel and he was also an avid gardener. He had recently returned from a trip to New Mexico, where he had friends, and he brought back pepper plants. Last summer, he and John planted 20 varieties of hot peppers, 15 sweet potatoes, seven tomato plants, 10 herbs and 200 sunflowers − 17 different varieties.

Fleming was single but had a girlfriend, Nicole Amato of McHenry County.

Crime Stoppers will pay a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in this or any other felony crime. Call (847) 662-2222 and you will be given an identification number for your information.

More information can be found at www.lakecountycrimestoppers.com.



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