SABATTUS (WGME) — A suspect is in custody after a hit-and-run Sunday that killed a 28-year-old woman.
Police said the suspect, who was not immediately named, was found in Lewiston.
Karl Dostie said he and his wife, who live near the crash site and found the victim, were in their backyard Sunday evening when a loud sound caught their attention.
“You can t describe the sound,” he said.
Dostie said he ran out front and said he saw a cloud of dust and a dark pick-up truck driving away.
“Everybody came out. ‘Geez what was that, what was that?’ you know,” he said.
Moments later, Dostie and other neighbors saw shoes in the road and a woman’s body up in the trees.
“Just some things you can’t unsee,” he said.
Dostie said he is still shaken.
“Had some debris in the road, so I picked up this chunk of plastic, and about the time I went to stand back up I looked to my right and sure enough, in the clump of trees, there was crying the young lady,” he said.
Police are identifying the woman as 28-year-old Renata Schalk.
They said she was hit and killed while walking along Bowdoinham Road and the driver who struck her didn’t stop to help.
“You take somebody out like that, it’s a horrible way to go,” Dostie said.
Police said the suspect vehicle, a late-model Dodge Ram 1500, was captured on a nearby home s security camera.
After sharing the image extensively, they located the truck in Lewiston Monday morning.
A viewer sent WGME photos of police examining a truck matching that description.
Police said the suspect was identified and has been taken into custody.
The crash reconstruction is being handled by the Maine State Police. Schalk’s body was take to Augusta for an autopsy.