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Suspect arrested in West Lafayette hit-and-run that killed man

Police arrested 34-year-old Trent Robinson, of Brookston, who was charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death (Level 4 felony).

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The West Lafayette Police Department is investigating a deadly hit-and-run crash.

Officers were called Tuesday, Aug. 9 around 8:45 p.m. to an area near Kalberer Road and Kent Avenue on a report of a pedestrian hit.

When police arrived, they found the pedestrian dead and the car that hit them gone. The victim was later identified as 25-year-old Zixuan Mo, of West Lafayette, who was a former Purdue University international student from China.

Video from cameras in the area were checked, with an the early description of the car involved as a beige or gold Buick four-door sedan, possibly a 2006 to 2011 Buick Lucerne. The car was expected to have damage to the passenger's side headlight assembly.

On Wednesday, Aug. 10, tips from the public led Brookston Town Marshal Troy Yeoman to the 600 block of East 4th Street, where he found the suspected vehicle.

Investigators seized the vehicle and executed a search warrant to examine it for evidence.

Following the investigation, police arrested 34-year-old Trent Robinson, of Brookston, who was charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death (Level 4 felony).

The West Lafayette Police Department thanked the public for its help in providing information.

NOTE: This story has been updated to correct the police department information that Zixuan Mo was a Purdue Student. The university tells 13News, he has not been enrolled since the fall of 2021.

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