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Pickup truck hits and kills child riding a bike in Richland County, flees scene

The incident happened around 9:15 a.m. Sunday morning.

RICHLAND COUNTY, OHIO, Ohio — Police officials in Richland County are investigating after a child was hit and killed by a pickup truck while riding a bike. 

According to Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Jason Murfield, the incident happened around 9:15 a.m. on Bowman Road in Cass Township. The truck was headed north on the Richland County street when it struck the victim, a 13-year-old boy. The driver of the pickup truck fled the scene and the victim later died from his injuries. 

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Police briefly closed Bowman Road down Sunday morning between Hazelbrush Road and Miller Road while officials investigated the crime scene. 

At this time, troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Mansfield Post are asking the public to help locate the driver of the pickup truck involved in this incident. Police say that the vehicle is believed to be a black or dark green cab pickup truck with damage to the center to the passenger side area of the truck. Officials believe that the car is an early 2000's GMC or Chevrolet and has red tape in place of one of the taillights. 

Anyone who has seen this vehicle or has any information on this crime is asked to reach out to the Mansfield Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol at (419) 756-2222. 

No other information is available at this time. 

The matter remains under investigation by police. 

This is a developing story. Check back with 3News for updates as we receive them.

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