HIT-AND-RUN: Victim Dies, Reward Offered

Posted on: 9:48 pm, March 16, 2013, by , updated on: 07:40pm, March 17, 2013

A homeless man died Sunday from injuries sustained in a hit-and-run over the weekend.

Des Moines police are trying to find the driver who hit him and then took off into the darkness.

Des Moines police say they’ve identified the victim as 58-year-old Clayton Payne.

Police say a driver hit him just before 1 a.m. Saturday at the corner of Sixth Avenue and College, north of I-235.

Police say Payne was crossing the street when the driver struck him.

Payne is homeless, but originally from the Bettendorf area and he still has family living in the Quad Cities.

Authorities are still in the early stages of the investigation, but say the driver may have had the right of way. However, they say the driver should have stopped and tried to help Payne.

“A number of others witnessed or tried to help but took off so we’re trying to find anyone with that information,” said Officer Steve Woody.

If you have any information that could help police you’re asked to call Crimestoppers at 223-1400.

There is a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the hit and run driver.