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Daughter Still Seeking Closure In Father’s Death

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Tabitha Stockdale of Shaler said tonight that she’s never get over the shock of losing her father in a hit-and-run accident last month.

But, Stockdale added, “I think if I knew more, it would help lead to some sort of closure.”

Fifty-year-old Robert Stockdale of Mt. Oliver, who had been most recently living in McKees Rocks, was killed in early March when he was attempting to cross busy Route 51 near the cloverleaf in Baldwin. He was struck and killed by two vehicles.

Neither one stopped.

“I wouldn’t want something like this to happen to anybody else,” Tabitha said. “I never imagined it would happen to me, cause I only see something like this on the news.”

County police released a photo from a store security camera. In the upper right hand corner of the photo, a full-size white van can be seen. It’s one of the hit-and-run vehicles.

Investigators say the van most likely is a 2003-07 Chevy or GMC van. In the accident, it lost its passenger side view mirror.

“The mirror was recovered by a woman who brought it to the attention of a police officer,” Lt. Andrew Schurman of Allegheny County Police said. “She handed it to him, but she left the area before the officer could get her information.”

Police want to talk to that woman about what she may have seen. Pittsburgh Crime Stoppers is putting up a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver, or drivers, involved in Stockdale’s death.

At the same time, police are still looking for another driver.

“There was also a small black sedan in close proximity to the white van,” Schurman said.

As police press forward with the investigation, for Tabitha it’s all been nothing short of surreal — her dad’s death, coupled with not knowing who was responsible for it.

“Even after going to the hospital and seeing him, even after the funeral and seeing the death certificate, it still wasn’t real,” Tabitha said.

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