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Have you seen this man? ‘Person of interest’ sought after fatal hit-and-run

Devon J. Gilkey
Devon J. Gilkey

Authorities said Thursday they were seeking a “person of interest” in connection with a fatal hit-and-run motorcycle crash in Washington Park.

The person wanted for questioning was identified as 23-year-old Devon J. Gilkey. Police also provided a past photo of Gilkey.

The motorcyclist, 52-year-old Thomas Hornbeak, of Fairmont City, died shortly after the wreck on the night of Sept. 19.

The driver who hit the back of Hornbeak’s 2006 Harley-Davidson motorcycle fled the scene. The crash happened in the 1400 block of Kingshighway around 6:30 p.m. in Washington Park.

The vehicle that hit the motorcycle was described as a red or maroon 2009 Chevrolet Impala with Illinois license plates Q206687. The vehicle might have front-end damage, the coroner’s office said.

The coroner’s office said it was assisting in the investigation.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the vehicle or Gilkey can call the St. Clair County Coroner’s Office at 618-233-4442 or the Washington Park Police Department at 618-874-0115.