Hit-and-run suspect killed himself, Ross Township chief says

Adam Knotts didn't keep meeting with detectives
Posted at 4:07 PM, Oct 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-15 01:25:51-04

ROSS TOWNSHIP, Ohio – A hit-and-run driver killed himself Friday after police finally tracked him down two weeks after hitting a teen walking along the road, police say.

The suspect, identified as Adam Knotts, was supposed to come to the Ross Township police station Friday to talk with detectives, Chief Darryl Haussler told WCPO. Knotts told them he would come in after a 9 a.m. doctor’s appointment.

But Knotts' wife called police later and told them he had committed suicide, Haussler said.

An anonymous tip led police to Knotts' passenger, who led them to Knotts, the chief said.

Police talked to Knotts at his home Thursday night and towed his vehicle to preserve evidence.


Knotts had fixed the front-end damage and replaced the rearview mirror that was broken off when he hit the teen, the chief said.

Haussler called Knotts' suicide very unfortunate and said police had no idea that would be the outcome.

The injured 14-year-old, Alex McCulley, was hit while crossing two-lane Wade Mill Road with three of his friends about  8:30 p.m. on Sept. 30. McCulley was hospitalized with a shattered femur, a fractured foot and internal injuries.

"We did not want it to end this way," McCulley's aunt, Jamie Wortham, posted on Facebook. "This is a tough time for us and now (Knotts') family, so please keep us all in your prayers. None of this should have ever happened."