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Crime

December 10, 2013

NT native killed by hit-and-run driver in Colorado

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado — Authorities are asking for the public's help in finding a driver who was involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash near Colorado Springs.

The victim has been identified as 33-year-old Ian G. Saj, a former resident of North Tonawanda and an Iraqi War veteran, according to Channel 4 News.

The Colorado State Patrol says three people were involved in a rollover crash near mile marker 38 on state Highway 115 at about 2:45 a.m. Sunday. They were trying to flag down vehicles for help when one of them was struck and killed.

Authorities are looking for a mid-sized or large sedan, possibly a Dodge Stratus or Intrepid, that left the scene. The vehicle would have damage to its front end, likely on the driver's side, and possibly a damaged windshield. Investigators do not know the vehicle's color.

Saj grew up in North Tonawanda and moved to Colorado about a decade ago. According to a family friend, Saj's body will be brought back to Western New York for funeral services.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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