Police search for driver in fatal hit-and-run

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By Sarah Barchus

Police searched Sunday for the hit-and-run driver who killed a young Augsburg College freshman on Saturday, the Star Tribune reported.

Police have asked for the public's help to locate the driver and vehicle that hit Austin Conley, 20, at 2:45 a.m. Saturday near the corner of 3rd Street N. and 1st Avenue, Minneapolis police spokesman Sgt. Steve McCarty said, the Star Tribune reported.

Police said the car that Conley was described as dark-colored four-door, possibly a Chevy Lumina, with front-end damage, the Star Tribune reported.

Conley's sister, 21-year-old Alissa Conley, said Sunday that her brother's death was devastating, the Star Tribune reported. "He was a deeply caring person who never judged others, never gossiped, never said a negative word," she said. "He was truly, truly loved."

Conley said her brother grew up in Minneapolis with his parents, an older brother and older sister, and herself, the Star Tribune reported. She said he was a hard-working student majoring in business and management, the Pioneer Press reported. Conley said her brother was good with computers loved making rap music. He hoped to work for the music industry after graduation, Conley said, the Star Tribune reported.

Conley died at the Hennepin County Medical Center Saturday. Family and friends will remember Conley on Monday at a 10:20 a.m. service at Augsburg's Hoversten Chapel, college President Paul Pribbenow said, the Star Tribune reported. In order "to honor Austin's life and his contributions to the Augsburg community," Pribbenow said another gathering is being planned, the Star Tribune reported.

Police asked anyone with information about the hit-and-run to call 612-673-2941, the Star Tribune reported.

Crime Stoppers of Minnesota offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to a conviction. Tips can be anonymous and can be reported by calling 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), texting TIP674 and the information to 274637 (CRIMES), or by going online to crimestoppersmn.org, the Star Tribune reported.

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