Jogger killed in hit-and-run, Sutton Police searching for white SUV

Sutton Police searching for driver who hit and killed jogger

SUTTON, Mass. — Police in Sutton are searching for a driver who hit and killed a man Wednesday morning along Singletary Avenue and kept going.

According to Sutton Police, a Singletary Avenue resident called 911 around 8:15 Wednesday morning after seeing an unconscious man on her front lawn.

Police say the man, identified as 51-year-old Daniel De Lima of Millbury, was out jogging when he was hit by a passing car.

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Surveillance video from a nearby convenience store shows De Lima jogging along Singletary Avenue at around 6:00 a.m. about a mile away from where he was hit and killed.

The husband of the woman who found De Lima's body about two hours after he was hit says she noticed something in the driveway when she went to pick up the paper. She called out for him, saying there was a body in front of the house.

The De Lima family sent Boston 25 News the following statement:

"He is the most wonderful person we know. He was very loved and will be missed by many. No words to express our pain. Jogging was one of his favorite things in life. He left us doing what he loves. The family appreciates all the love and prayers."

Police say they are looking for a white SUV with damage to the passenger side, the front bumper, the hood area, and the front fender.

"We believe it’s unquestionable that the person who hit and struck this individual knew that they struck them," said Police Chief Dennis Towle.

De Lima moved to the U.S. from Brazil and had finally achieved his dream of owning a home and becoming a psychologist. Family friends shared a photo of him running a marathon in Paris.

Multiple agencies are investigating and are asking the public for help. Anyone with information should call police.