“On the 10th of October, 2008, 18-year-old Lucas Shortreed’s young life was cut short by a hit-and-run driver,” said Wellington OPP detachment Commander In­spector Scott Smith.

“He left a house party in the village of Alma at approximately 11pm and began a 14km walk to his residence in Fergus. He was walking eastbound on the south shoulder of [County] Road 17 when he was struck by an unknown driver. The driver of the eastbound vehicle that struck Lucas, continued on without rendering any assistance to him, leaving Lucas to tragically die alone on the side of the highway. The vehicle that struck Mr. Shortreed received significant damage as a result of the impact.”

Smith continued, “The damage is known to include a broken windshield, damage to the front bumper, broken lighting pieces, and a shattered passenger side window.

“Through forensic analysis, it has been determined the vehicle in question was a 1995 to 1997 Neon, white in colour. The paint from the vehicle was determined to be the original paint to that vehicle. That damage may, or may not, have been repaired as of today.

“The point to be made is that there is no way the driver of the vehicle was unaware that a collision had occurred,” Smith said.

However, he added that at this point, “Wellington County investigators have exhausted the majority of their leads. As a result, the Ontario Provincial Police is announcing a $50,000 reward to assist in the identification, apprehension and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of Lucas Shortreed.”