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Prominent Alzheimer’s Doctor Killed in Hit and Run

A professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and world-famous Alzheimer’s disease researcher was killed in a car accident December 19. The man in the other car, who fled the scene, also was found dead near the scene.

According to a recent story by CBS News, the researcher was walking along a road in Bainbridge Township around 2 a.m. when the other man struck him with his car. Both men lived in Bainbridge Township, which is in northeastern Ohio.

The victim had been a pathology professor at Case Western Reserve since 1992. He served as director of basic science research at the university’s memory and cognition center, as well as the director of the American Aging Association. He was best known as a writer and publisher of scientific articles related to Alzheimer’s disease. He was co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, and was credited with 405 published articles of his own. That made him one of the most prolific writers in the Alzheimer’s field. According to the CBS News story, his work has been cited thousands of times by his fellow researchers.

Another article about the accident in the Cleveland Plain Dealer says that the man who allegedly committed the pedestrian accident was found dead in his home of an apparent drug overdose. Both he and the victim were coming from the same restaurant, though it does not appear that they had been there together.

Source: CBS News, “Alzheimer’s Researcher Hit by Car in Ohio, Dies,” December 20, 2010