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Alexandria police release images that could yield clues in fatal hit-and-run

Alexandria police released this photo Friday of a vehicle as part of their investigation into a March 19 fatal hit-and-run. Anyone with information about the vehicle or driver is encouraged to contact the Alexandria Police Department at 320-763-6631. 1 / 2
Alexandria police released this photo Friday of a vehicle as part of their investigation into a March 19 fatal hit-and-run. Anyone with information about the vehicle or driver is encouraged to contact the Alexandria Police Department at 320-763-6631. 2 / 2

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. - The Alexandria Police Department has released images of a vehicle that may provide more clues to a fatal hit-and-run that happened in Alexandria on Monday, March 19.

Detectives believe that the vehicle was in close proximity to the scene of the crash, which happened at about 10:30 p.m. Anyone with any information about the vehicle in the images or the driver is encouraged to contact the Alexandria Police Department at 320-763-6631.

In the updated news release, police thanked the public for all the tips provided about the hit-and-run so far. They said the tips have "helped narrow the search immensely" for the driver and vehicle.

BACKGROUND

Travis Pennig, 26, of Alexandria died in the hit-and-run after he was struck by a vehicle while walking in Alexandria the evening of Monday, March 19.

He was found by the side of the road and had suffered significant injuries consistent with being hit by a vehicle, according to the Alexandria Police Department.

The accident happened on 34th Avenue in front of the Meadowland Estates mobile home park. According to Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels, a passerby called police after seeing a person lying on the side of the road. 

Pennig leaves behind his fiance, Corrie Jennings, and two children, 2-year-old Hayzel and 4-year-old Oriin.

"He was so goofy and loved our kids more than anything," Jennings said. 

According to Jennings, Pennig had left their home at the Meadowland Estates mobile home park in Alexandria to walk their dog. When she heard the dog barking, she looked outside and saw the dog tied to a light post. She says at that point, someone had already called the police about a pedestrian being hit. Law enforcement was on scene and tending to Pennig.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is assisting with the investigation.

fundraiser has been set up for the Jennings and the children.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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