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Witnesses sought in fatal hit-and-run

Timothy Fleming girlfriend Nicole Amawho works as teacher are shown together family wedding earlier this year. | SUBMITTED PHOTO

Timothy Fleming and girlfriend Nicole Amato, who works as a teacher, are shown together at a family wedding earlier this year. | SUBMITTED PHOTO

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Updated: January 5, 2014 6:28AM

Gurnee police are still searching for witnesses who might lead them to the driver who hit and killed Timothy Fleming along Route 41 on Nov. 16.

Fleming, 31, who lived in the Peanutville neighborhood just east of the highway, was discovered dead at about 3:45 a.m., on a Saturday, near the bottom of the southbound entrance ramp from Washington Street. His injured dog, Jordyn, a lab/husky mix, lay injured alongside him.

A grassy median separates north- and southbound traffic on Route 41 north of Washington Street.

“We think he ran across all four lanes, probably chasing his dog,” Gurnee Police Cmdr. Bill Meyer said. “But we don’t know what happened exactly. That’s the thing that’s so frustrating. We have a pretty good idea he was struck by a vehicle based on what we found out there. Could it have been a semi? Could the driver be unaware it occurred?”

Police have passed out fliers in the same area and time frame of the accident and they spent Monday following up on a few leads.

“Unfortunately that didn’t turn up a whole lot,” Meyer said on Tuesday. We’re looking for anybody that might have information.”

Fleming, who grew up in Antioch, worked as a bartender at Fleming’s (no relation) Steakhouse in Lincolnshire and typically arrived home by 1 a.m., according to his cousin and housemate John Fleming, who said Jordyn had to be euthanized.

The department has contacted Crime Stoppers, which offers rewards for anonymous information leading to felony arrests.

“We’ve asked that they put something out on the hit-and-run,” Meyer said.

The Lake County Coroner’s Office declined to reveal the results of an autopsy performed Nov. 18.

“We’re still waiting on toxicology,” said Chief Deputy Coroner Orlando Portillo.

The results, which should be available this week, will be forwarded to a pathologist for review. Portillo couldn’t say how long that process will take.

“It’s an ongoing investigation,” he said.

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