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Local man killed in hit-and-run

By The Mercury

Investigators are looking for a vehicle that struck and killed a 21-year-old Manhattan man on a highway about two miles east of Manhattan around midnight Saturday.

The Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim Monday as Konley Harding.

Sheriff Greg Riat said the office received a report of a person lying in the eastbound lane on Highway 24, just east of Excel Road, a little after midnight Sunday morning. Harding was pronounced dead at the scene.

Riat said witnesses saw a light-colored, smaller SUV crossover or large sedan run over Harding around midnight, and they said the vehicle continued eastbound without stopping.

Harding was wearing dark clothes and reportedly lying in the roadway before being struck, Riat said, so it’s possible the car’s driver didn’t know he or she had hit someone.

Investigators are reviewing surveillance tapes of traffic in the area at the time.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking for the driver to come forward, and is also asking for anyone with information on this incident to contact the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office at 785-457-3353, or their local law enforcement agency.

There were reports that Harding had been enrolled as a student at Manhattan Area Technical College, although school officials had not confirmed that as of deadline.

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