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$5,000 reward offered in fatal 2002 hit-and-run

Posted: 2:36 PM, Jul 12, 2016
Updated: 2016-07-12 15:12:36-04

A hit-and-run that killed a man 14 years ago is still being looked into. And to hopefully bring closure to the case, a $5,000 reward is being offered.

The Ionia County Sheriff’s Office is looking for information regarding the incident that happened on June 16, 2002. The hit-and-run happened at about 10:15 p.m. near the intersection of Jordan Lake Road, and W. David Highway in Berlin Township.

The victim, Gordon W. Cozat, 70, of Coleman, was stopped on Jordan Lake Road just south of the intersection of W. David Highway trying to get directions from a car that was stopped directly behind him.

As Cozat was standing at the driver side window speaking to the driver of the vehicle, he was struck and killed by a northbound vehicle.

The vehicle is described as a 1994-2000 GMC Truck, Yukon or Chevrolet Suburban. A release says it was a light color.

After the suspect vehicle struck Cozat, it was last seen traveling westbound toward the Village of Saran on W. David Highway at a high rate of speed.

The suspect vehicle would have had minimal damage to the right front area, with a missing or broken right front marker light.

Since the crash, The Ionia County Sheriff’s Office says there have been very few leads. Anyone with information can contact Det. Brent Denny at 616-527-5737 or Silent Observer at 616-527-0107.

The reward offered is for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspect driver.