On December 20, 2018, at approximately 6:30 p.m., the Gulfport Police Department responded to the 2000 block of E. Pass Road to investigate a traffic accident involving a pedestrian.

Upon arrival, officers located a male, later identified as William Hart, lying in the roadway suffering from severe injuries consistent with being struck by a vehicle. Hart was transported to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

The vehicle involved in this accident left the scene after striking Hart. The collision remains under investigation by the Gulfport Police Departments Accident Reconstruction Unit, as well as, the Criminal Investigations Division.

During the course of the investigation, a person of interest was developed. The Gulfport Police Department is asking anyone with information regarding the identity, and or whereabouts of this person, should contact the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com or by telephone at (877)787-5898.