Eight months after Michael Van Hulse, 29, of Centereach, was struck by a car and killed, police are still searching for the hit-and-run driver -- hoping someone can help them link the vehicle and driver to forensic evidence left at the scene.

The fatal hit-and-run occurred at about 12:45 a.m. on Dec. 21 on Park Street in Centereach. Suffolk County police said detectives believe the vehicle may have been painted metallic red and said damage from the crash likely included a shattered windshield and damage to black plastic panels on the underside of the vehicle.

advertisement | advertise on newsday

Police said Van Hulse was walking eastbound on Park, just west of Rustic Road, when he was struck and killed.

A cash reward of up to $5,000 is being offered "for information that leads to an arrest," police said.

Police are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.