Victim Of Fatal Hit And Run Identified, Springdale Police Searching For Suspect

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SPRINGDALE (KFSM) -- A man died on Sunday (Aug. 21) from injuries he sustained when he was hit by a vehicle while walking in Springdale on Saturday night (Aug. 20).

William Cartmill, 28, from Springdale was killed from injuries he sustained when he was hit by a vehicle near Thompson and Southfield around around 8:30 p.m., according to a Springdale Police Department press release. He was taken to Washington Regional Medical Center for treatment, but died on Sunday.

Police are searching for the driver of the vehicle who fled the scene after hitting Cartmill. Captain Ron Hritz said thanks to parts left behind by the vehicle after the accident they were able to identify the make and model of the car.

Officers believe the person was driving a 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 truck, similar to the picture above.

Hritz said the truck should have damage to the front end.

"You look at it both ways," he said. "You try and go to a body shop and get it fixed so you don't stick out, but at the same time you know, some people might have the theory you hide the vehicle -- you won't be able to see it that way."

He said they used the state crime information center to narrow down what they're looking for.

“They were able to find out there are 200 similar vehicles to that in Washington and Benton County," he said. "We've been able to narrow it based on a few things such as it being a four door, so we've reduced all the two doors out of it."

Hritz said the particular part left behind at the scene can only be ordered through a GM dealer, so they've also notified dealers in the area.

The suspect in the case could face several charges, including leaving the scene of the accident and negligent homicide.

If you have any information about this case, you can stay anonymous by calling the Springdale police tip line at (479) 750-4484 or dispatch at (479) 751-4542.




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