Alzheimer’s Expert Killed in Hit-and-Run

CLEVELAND—Mark Smith, 45, co-editor of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and executive director of the American Aging Association, was killed Sunday morning in a hit-and-run accident while walking home from a tavern, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.

The apparent driver in the accident was also found dead at his home later in the day, the Plain Dealer reported. Results of autopsies on either of the deceased are not yet available, and police have refrained from releasing further details at this point.

“We are deeply saddened by the unexpected death of Mark A. Smith, PhD, Professor of Pathology at Case Western Reserve University, on Sunday, December 19, 2010,” the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease wrote in a memorial page on its Web site. “He is survived by his wife, Gemma, his sons, his father, sisters, his lab family, as well as numerous friends and colleagues. Mark was a devoted husband and father, beloved colleague, dedicated mentor, and dear friend to so many.”

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