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Rockford neighbors say not surprised by fatal accident on their street

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A man is dead after Rockford police say a driver hit him and took off. Now, the search is on to find the person responsible. Police tell 13 News they have the vehicle involved in the crash, but no one in custody. 

"We both heard a bang but I really didn't think anything of it," says Ashley Showers. "She thought someone sideswiped a car.  She came down and we kind of talked about it but nothing that big until we came outside and obviously everything was closed off."

That's when Showers found out a man had been hit right outside her front door in the 300 block of South Second Street. Rockford Police say someone drove into Michael Steines, 34, around 1:30 Thursday morning.

"I don't think he slowed down or did anything because he actually got hit here and but they ended up finding him a block down," says Showers.

Showers and one of her neighbors think part of the problem is traffic. Cars use South 2nd a lot more because of major construction projects in the area.

"This street has become so much more crowded because of College Avenue and Morgan Street Bridge being shut down," says Mike Frazer.

"People don't really slow down at all," says Showers.

She worries since her and many in her neighborhood walk the few blocks into downtown Rockford an accident like this could happen again.

"It's sad and scary because we walk around here all the time. It could have been anybody. It could have been one of us coming into the house," says Showers.

The autopsy showed Steines died from blunt force trauma to head, neck, arms and legs. If you know anything about the accident you are asked to call Rockford Police 815-987-5824 or Crime Stoppers 815-963-STOP.

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