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Police Looking for Driver in Deadly Hit and Run

Stroud Area Regional Police are asking for help finding the driver of a car that killed a man in Stroudsburg early Sunday morning.

Officers say around 5 a.m. Sunday, they found a man lying in the middle of North Eighth Street with severe injuries to his head.

William Risko, 29, of Stroudsburg, died from those injuries.

Police believe Risko was hit between 4:30 and 5:00 a.m. When officers arrived on scene, Risko was rushed to Pocono Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Police believe he was the victim of a hit and run.

Some neighbors are angry at the driver for leaving Risko for dead.

"He's a coward. Just a very careless person who has no respect for anybody," said Sabrina Oslinker of Stroudsburg.

Pastor Dave Berryman of Zion United Church of Christ said when he got to church around 10 a.m., part of North Eighth Street was closed.

Berryman said he was not sure what to make of the scene. "We just saw two police officers here with some type of measuring device, and we could see there was a pool of blood in the middle of the street," said Pastor Berryman.

While police are not saying whether speed played a role in this accident, one business owner on North Eighth Street said drivers often speed on the road.

"Yesterday the cop must have pulled over three people here giving them tickets," said Simon Nehme of Cedar's Mediterranean Grill.

Along with the plea to slow down, neighbors hope that driver will turn himself or herself in to police.

"If you have a conscience, turn yourself in, what you did was wrong," said Oslinker.

If you have any information that could help detectives find the driver of that vehicle, you are asked to call Stroud Area Regional Police at 570-421-6800.


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