By Jeff Gallatin
Police Tuesday continue to seek potential leads in the fatal hit-skip accident on Brookpark Road which claimed the life of a 15-year-old North Olmsted High School student late Thursday night.
Bruce-Wayne “Malik” Adams, 15, was found lying in the roadway in the area of 24801 Brookpark Road shortly after 11:30 p.m.
North Olmsted police Capt. Mike Kilbane said the department was alerted to the accident by motorists.
“We received several phone calls about a body lying in the roadway,” Kilbane said Friday. “It was of a young man who appeared to have been hit by a vehicle. All of the calls were from people who saw the body. So far, we haven’t had anyone who actually saw the incident.”
Kilbane said there were no signs Adams was doing anything but trying to get across the roadway. Adams was wearing a dark shirt and red shorts. He had a cellphone with him, but did not have any identification on his body when authorities found him in the road, Kilbane said.
He said there wasn’t any immediate evidence to indicate what type of vehicle may have been involved.
“We have officers working on reconstructing the accident scene,” Kilbane said. “We have other officers talking to his fellow students at the high school, other officers are checking in the community and around the area. Brookpark Road is well-traveled at all times of the day or night, so people probably began seeing the body not too long after it happened.”
Kilbane said the department has already checked potential lead which didn’t pan out.
“We’re looking for any information we can get which can help us solve this one,” he said.
He said anyone with any information can either call the department at 440-777-3535 or the Crime Stoppers tip line at 216-252-7463. Crime Stoppers provides a telephone number, text tips and web tips to encourage citizens to provide useful information. Callers can remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward if the information given leads to an arrest or grand jury indictment of a felony offender.
North Olmsted school officials said the district was trying to deal with Adams’ death. He enrolled in the district in October 2009 and attended the middle school, and currently was a sophomore at the high school.
High School Principal Jeff Stanton told the staff personally early Friday afternoon about Adams’ death, then made an announcement to the students.
School officials Friday sent an automated call to all high school students’ parents from Stanton to let them know.
“We are all devastated by the loss of one of our students and extend our deepest sympathy to Malik’s family,” Vera Brewer, director of communications for the school, said.
District officials were making guidance counselors and the district’s area crisis team available to talk with students Friday and this week.