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Dover Police, Family Seek Answers in Hit and Run

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A picture of a car Dover police believe was involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash Friday night. A picture of a car Dover police believe was involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash Friday night.

DOVER, Del. --- The Dover Police Department has released video and still images of a vehicle officials say is believed to have fled the scene of a fatal Friday night crash in Dover.

Video surveillance obtained from a business showed a dark-colored vehicle that police believe was operated by the other driver involved in a crash on State Route 8 near Independence Boulevard, according to Cpl. Mark Hoffman, a Dover Police Department spokesman.

However, Hoffman said police are asking witnesses or anyone with information like the car's license plate number or the driver's identity to come forward.

"Maybe somebody saw someone driving erratically 20 minutes later because they were fleeing the scene. Any number of those details are beneficial to this case," he said.

Police say Brandon Pleines, 21, of Dover, died from injuries sustained in the crash. A news release said he was traveling eastbound on State Route 8 near Independence Boulevard when witnesses reported seeing a blue or black sedan attempting to merge into the right lane.

Police said the car collided with Pleines' Toyota Rav-4 and the SUV swerved to the right, struck a curb, and rolled over several times. The vehicle, police said, hit a light pole and mailbox.

Hoffman said a passenger in Pleines' vehicle suffered non-life threatening injuries. Police said the driver of the suspect video turned off his headlights and fled the area. 

Pleines' mother, Simone, said she was devastated by her son's death. She wants anyone with information to come forward about the incident and for the driver to turn himself in.

"He had a sweet, beautiful soul," she said. "His smile could light up a room and he loved his family and friends."

Dover Police are still investigating and urge anyone with information to call the Dover Police Department. A cash reward up to $1,000 dollars is possible for information leading to an arrest, according to police.

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