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PD Probe: World-renowned researcher fatally struck while walking, driver found dead

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BAINBRIDGE TOWNSHIP, OH (WOIO) - An investigation is underway after a deadly hit and run accident.

19 Action News has learned that Dr. Mark A. Smith, a well-respected and world renowned researcher, was walking Eastbound on Chagrin Road shortly after 2AM Sunday when he was struck by a vehicle.

The 45-year-old Bainbridge Township father of two was rushed to the Solon Medical Campus, where he was pronounced death.

Police found the car that fatally struck Dr. Smith a short time later on Ober Lane in Bainbridge Township. The driver of the car, 50-year-old Daniel V. Neesham, was found death at his home.

The Bainbridge Police Department has no conclusion on cause of death for either person and the cause of the accident is still being investigated. Investigators are waiting on toxicology and autopsy reports before they can determine a cause of death for the men.

19 Action News has learned that Mark Smith was a world-renowned Alzheimer's Researcher and Professor with Case Western Reserve Medical School. Dr. Smith was the third most cited researcher in the world in Alzheimer's research with more than 21,000 citations.

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