Mark Lee Snopek
Mark Lee Snopek
County Road R18 (also known as L Avenue)
Boone County, Iowa
August 8, 2007
Boone County in Iowa
Shortly before 9 p.m. on August 8, 2007, Mark Snopek, 53, was killed by a hit-and-run driver as he rode his bicycle along a rural road near his home in Boone, Iowa. Snopek was heading north on R18 when struck from behind by a dark colored vehicle that fled the scene and continued northbound.
Boone County Sheriff Ron Fehr said witnesses were in a vehicle from behind, and one was approaching when the accident took place. The witnesses alerted authorities via cell phone.
The Boone County Sheriff’s Office, along with the county ambulance, the Woodward Fire and Police Departments and the Iowa State Patrol responded to the scene, where Snopek — who worked as a wetland ecologist for the Iowa Department of Transportation — was pronounced dead.
Since then, investigators have followed up on several leads but have not found the car that hit Snopek.
Snopek’s wife of 28 years, Kay (Milinovich) Snopek, said her husband always wore a reflective vest, had a flashing light on the back of his bike and headlamp in the front, and always wore a helmet.
Family members and friends have raised a sizeable reward for information leading to an arrest in the case. By publicizing what happened as well as collecting pledges toward a reward, Snopek’s family hopes to generate information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver responsible for Mark’s death.
To make a pledge, family friend and spokesman Kevin M. Griggs asks that people contact him by e-mail at Kevin@griggs-strategies.com and indicate their name, address, telephone number and amount they wish to pledge. Griggs said all information will be kept confidential, although Kay Snopek plans to send personalized thank you notes to each person pledging.
In addition to his wife, Snopek is survived by parents, Lee and Irene Snopek of Minocqua, formerly of Cudahy; a sister, Jill Kotke; nieces, Lindsey Lang and Alyssa Kotke; nephews, Grant Lang and Taylor Kotke; a special pet cat, Spot; and a host of family and friends.
Anyone with information regarding the death of Mark Snopek should contact the Boone County Sheriff’s Office at 515-433-0524.
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