Sheboygan hit-and-run victim identified

A 20-year-old was arrested, and police say he confessed to leaving the scene
Published: Nov. 28, 2022 at 9:31 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 29, 2022 at 9:11 AM CST
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SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (WBAY) - A man killed crossed the street in Sheboygan on Sunday night was publicly identified Tuesday morning as Terry J. Rozanski, 69. He was from Sheboygan.

The Sheboygan Police Department says Rozanski was hit while crossing the street at the intersection of N. 9th St. and New York Ave. at about 6:20 p.m. A 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of Hit-and-Run Causing Death a short time later.

We talked with neighbors who said the victim was thrown more than 30 feet.

“She saw somebody stop and get out of the car... and she saw a body laying diagonally in the street,” Juan Perez said.

It happened outside Juan Perez’s house. Perez’s wife saw it happen. “By the time she got to the window, she heard a car taking off real quickly.”

The man died later from his injuries after being taken to a hospital. His name hasn’t been made public yet so his family can be notified first.

“We were able to get a good enough description and gather other evidence,” Police Lt. Mike Stelter said.

Police located the suspected vehicle at an apartment complex on the city’s south side. The driver, who’s also from Sheboygan, admitted to leaving the scene of the crash. “Ultimately, in the end, the driver confessed,” Stelter said.

Police are referring him to the district attorney’s office. The 20-year-old wasn’t identified because he wasn’t charged. The district attorney’s office told us the case was being reviewed.

“It’s disappointing somebody wouldn’t do the responsible thing,” Perez said. “You hit someone, stop. If anything, come to their aid, call 911 or get someone to come to their aid if you can’t do anything. That’s the right thing to do. It’s disappointing.”

The crash is under investigation by the police department’s accident reconstruction unit. Police are asking anyone with information that could help to call (920) 459-3333.

The crash happened about 30 minutes after the end of the Sheboygan Holiday Parade, but police say there doesn’t appear to be any connection. The crash wasn’t on the parade route, and police don’t have any evidence it was intentional.