Family asks for help finding truck driver responsible for I-80 fatal crash

The family of a man killed on Interstate 80 this winter is hoping you can help them find the mystery truck driver that triggered the fatal accident.

"He just enjoyed being around people and he loved his pets and his wife,” said Linda Brodnicki.

Linda says her son, 31-year-old Aaron Scofield, was headed home from work in the early morning hours of January 18th when his life was cut short. Aaron’s car was sitting in the middle of the eastbound lanes of I-80 near 355 -- it's lights off -- when it was struck by another car -- a fatal impact.

Initially, police believed it was a two car accident.

But later, state police accident investigators found clues that the reason Scofield's car was sitting there defenseless was that he had been hit earlier by a semi.

"Right now it's considered a hit and run and we are asking for the community's help in locating that vehicle,” said DeAnn Falat of ISP.

Aaron’s stepfather, Jim Brodnicki, has been posting informational flyers at local truck stops and trying to spread the word on social media.

"Somebody saw the truck hit Aaron, and what we're asking for is for those people to call the State Police here at District Five and let them know what they saw, whether it's the name of the truck, a license plate, the color of the truck. Anything,” Jim said.

The state police say tire marks show the truck stopped at the moment of impact and then took off, so it's almost certain the driver knew there had been an accident.

"I feel there is some accountability there for the person who really started the chain of events,” Linda said.

And they say that accountability will only come with the public's help.

"It's the only way our family's gonna get closure from this,” Jim said.

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