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A hit-and-run crash on North Water Street in downtown Kent Thursday morning resulted in the death of a worker at Star of the West Milling Co.
Richard Schoepe, 37, of Ravenna, was pronounced dead at Akron City Hospital at 11:28 a.m., according to the Summit County Medical Examiner's office.
A pedestrian, Schoepe was struck by a vehicle in the 100 block of North Water Street near the mill where he had been employed for 15 years.
A suspect was taken into custody in Brimfield about 20 minutes after the incident, but Kent police refused to release her name because no charges had been filed, said Capt. Paul Canfield.
Canfield emphasized the investigation is ongoing and charges will "hopefully" be filed soon.
Canfield said officers responded to reports of an automobile crash at the corner of North Water and Columbus streets shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday.
Canfield said the suspect was driving south on North Water Street and reportedly struck two parked cars and Schoepe, who was on foot.
The female driver, according to witnesses, then allegedly fled the scene of the accident and drove south toward Brimfield.
Canfield said police "made contact" with the suspect in Brimfield about 20 minutes after the incident.
Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver said officers stopped the driver at Dillon's Auto Services on S.R. 43. Oliver added that once Kent police arrived, he and his officers stepped back.
"I wasn't aware of the severity of the case," Oliver said. "I just knew that it was a hit-skip."
Schoepe, a married father of two, was an assistant coach with Ravenna Youth Wrestling.
Friends and family members wrote tributes to him on his Facebook page Thursday.
"I can't believe you are gone," his sister wrote. "You were the best husband, brother, son and uncle."