56-year-old Wareham man killed in Cranberry Highway hit-and-run
Police are searching for the driver of a white Ford pick-up after a 59-year-old Wareham man was killed after he was struck in the 3000 block of Cranberry Highway in East Wareham just before 8:30 p.m. on Monday.
Witnesses told police that the victim, later identified as Ernest Robert Raddatz, was hit by a white Ford pick-up truck that turned around after hitting him, leaving him in the middle of the road, and fled the scene, according to a Tuesday mid-day announcement from Wareham Police Chief Kevin Walsh and Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz.
Raddatz was brought to Tobey Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries at approximately 9:15 p.m.
Wareham Police contacted the State Police and District Attorney's office to assist in the analysis and reconstruction of the accident. Route 6 west and eastbound lanes from Onset Avenue to Glen Charlie Road were closed during the investigation.
Shortly before 9 a.m. on Tuesday, police responded to Aunt Hannah’s Lane in Onset, following a report of a white pick-up parked in a wooded area. According to emergency broadcasts, it was believed the truck may have been involved in the accident.
Wareham officers were stationed near where the pick-up was parked to keep the public away. Officers declined to comment at the scene.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact State Police detectives at 508-923-4205 or Wareham Police detectives at 508-295-1206.
In addition to the police, Wareham EMS and Onset Fire responded to the accident scene.