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70-year-old navy veteran walking home from food pantry struck and killed in hit and run in Akron

Posted at 8:28 AM, Nov 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-24 19:39:24-05

AKRON, Ohio — A 70-year-old man was struck and killed as he walked home from a food pantry Monday night, according to the victim's family.

James Cosgrove died Monday Cleveland Clinic Akron General. His family said Cosgrove was a Navy veteran.

Cosgrove was returning home from a Church on Kenmore Boulevard after picking up food from a pantry. Around 6:15 p.m., Cosgrove tried to cross Manchester Road, but he was hit by a vehicle.

Police said the driver fled the scene.

"You didn't stop to see if he was alright or call 911, anything, and they're going to have to live with this for the rest of their life," said his wife, Debbie Cosgrove. "He hit him and kept on going."

Mrs. Cosgrove said her husband of 21 years was quiet and gentle and loved to fix cars and go fishing.

"There's no one in the world that would say anything bad about Jim. He would give you the shirt off his back, a good-hearted person," she said.

The vehicle is described as possibly a dark-colored car or truck with front end damage. Investigators with the Akron Police Department are processing evidence left at the scene and looking for possible surveillance video.

Anyone with information should call the detective bureau at 330-375-2490. Summit County CrimeStoppers is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the driver.

News 5 will update this story as more information becomes available.