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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA 21) -

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA 21) - Relatives of a man who died after a roadside confrontation on Wednesday are joining police in asking for the public's help.

The suspect is still on the loose after calls came in just before 5:30 Wednesday evening for a reported battery on eastbound US 30 at the US 33 interchange. 

Mark Bieker with the Fort Wayne Police Department says a man got out of his vehicle and walked up to 60-year-old Orlando Fernandez, in a different car, and hit him.

Officer Bieker says the man then got back into his vehicle and drove off. 

When police arrived, paramedics who had already reached the scene told them Fernandez was in serious condition, who moments later was downgraded to critical condition.

Fernandez, who suffered from heart disease, had a heart attack and died shortly after he arrived at a hospital. 

The Allen County Coroner says his death was a homicide. 

Family members issued a plea for assistance on Thursday.

Our family is devastated by the loss of Orlando L. Fernandez. Orlando was an amazing husband, father, and grandfather to the family that he leaves behind. We will remember Orlando by his tremendous personality, rambunctious laugh, and endless love for those surrounding him. Regardless of the words exchanged on both sides leading up to this event, it is senseless and tragic to use physical violence as means to solve conflict. Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-7867.

Police are trying to figure out what led to the violence in the first place.

If you happened to be driving in that area at the time and perhaps saw something that could help police, officers say they'd like to talk with as many witnesses as possible.

Anyone with information can call 911, or call Crime Stoppers at 436-STOP.

Fernandez's death marks the 30h homicide in Allen County in 2018. 

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