Father of Man Killed in Alexandria Hit-And-Run Makes Emotional Plea

March 23, 2018 06:32 PM

The father of a man killed earlier this week in Alexandria by a hit-and-run driver is making an emotional plea in the hopes it will catch the person responsible.

Twenty-six-year-old Travis Pennig died after being hit while he sat alongside 34th Avenue in front of the Meadowland mobile home park shortly after 10 p.m. Monday night.


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Travis' dad, Jeff Pennig, still struggles to comprehend the circumstances surrounding his son's death.

"I'm at a loss for words," admitted Jeff.

Jeff says Travis got in an argument with his girlfriend so he went out for some fresh air.  Alexandria Police say sometime between 10:15 pm and 10:45 pm, a vehicle traveling along 34th Avenue hit Travis.  However, instead of stopping, investigators say the driver kept going, leaving Travis for dead.

"I don't know what kind of person does that," said Jeff.  "I mourn for the person who ran him over because I wouldn't want to be that person."

Officers arrived and found Travis alive but suffering from some significant injuries.  Paramedics took him to the hospital but he didn't survive.

"Somebody knows something," Jeff said. "There's one person that definitely knows."

But unfortunately police have very little to go on to try and find that person. They're asking anyone who knows of a vehicle with unexplained or suspicious damage, likely to the front end, to give them a call.

"We're praying for you too, whoever you are, come forward," Jeff said.

Jeff hopes his plea will compel someone with information to do the right thing. 

"I understand accidents happen, but it's not an accident any more," Jeff said.  "The way he was ran over, they obviously knew they hit something.  Please, I'm asking the public to please help us find this person who ran him over."

The Alexandria Police Department is seeking the public's help in locating the owner of a vehicle that was in the area of the incident.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Alexandria Police Department at 320-763-6631.


Tim Vetscher

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