Man dead by Turnpike had dementia, was hit-and-run victim, cops say
The body discovered along the New Jersey Turnpike on Tuesday afternoon has been identified as a Texas man with dementia.
New Jersey State Police Sgt. Jeff Flynn said 69-year-old Michael Shimanek, whose body was found near milepost 34.2 in Mt. Laurel down an embankment around 3 p.m, likely wandered away from a hotel near the northbound lanes of the New Jersey Turnpike, where Shimanek's body was found. The hotel had been evacuated after a fire alarm went off.
Flynn said Shimanek's death is being investigated as a hit-and-run and it's not known who or what struck the Granbury, Texas man. Investigators estimate Shimanek was hit around 3 a.m. and are looking for the driver who hit him and did not stop."The Turnpike is a major thoroughfare," said Flynn. The driver could be from anywhere.
Shimankek's body was found near exit #4 for Route 73 where several hotels are located.
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