(Michigan City, IN) - A pedestrian killed possibly by a hit and run driver in Michigan City on Monday has been identified. The victim was 66-year old Roger Manrique, said La Porte County Coroner Lynn Swanson.
Swanson said she released the name Tuesday morning after efforts failed to locate family members to notify them about his death. She said the last known address for Manrique from the identification in his pocket was in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
According to police, Manrique was found dead on U.S. 12 at Martin Luther King Dr. by a motorist about 6:30 a.m. Police said it appears he was struck by a vehicle.
Swanson said Manrique had not been dead for long because his body when discovered was “still somewhat warm to the touch.” She said Manrique when hit was pushing a shopping cart containing items judging by debris scattered over a wide area of the crash scene.
Swanson said the shopping cart belonged to Barney’s Supermarket about 10 miles away from the collision in New Buffalo, Michigan. She also revealed Manrique had a train ticket dated March 28 from Chicago to Niles, Michigan.
Swanson said what brought the man to the area was still under investigation. She described Manrique as white and wearing jeans and a black coat at the time of the collision.
Swanson said anyone who knows Manrique or any family members to contact her office at (219) 326-6808 ext. 7900.