INDIANAPOLIS – Eyewitness accounts and security video obtained by Fox59 indicate the body of a hit and run victim wasn’t discovered until about 17 hours after the accident that killed her.
Investigators from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department believe 63-year-old Kathleen Clark was walking south on Meridian Street when a southbound vehicle hit her just north of Troy Avenue.
Clark’s body was discovered on the side of Meridian Street around 11 a.m. Monday.
IMPD is now examining security video that appears to have captured the moment just before the accident. That video, shot across the street at The Thirsty Turtle, was obtained by Fox59.
At 6:10 p.m. Sunday, it shows Clark walking southbound on Meridian until she moves out of frame. A moment later, a light-colored truck or SUV follows immediately behind the pedestrian off the screen.
At that moment, the video shows two people standing in front of the bar suddenly reacting to the sound of something across the street.
Those people in the video later told Fox59 they heard the sound of the vehicle hitting something in the road. Then they saw the vehicle continue on its way, leaving the scene of the accident.
They did not realize a person had been hit.
In fact, nobody did until about 17 hours later, when Clark’s body was discovered on the side of Meridian Street.
One of the people who made that discovery was the owner of the Thirsty Turtle, Louise Liford.
“I came in and opened up at ten, (just) after ten this morning and noticed her (lying) over there a little bit later on,” she told Fox59.
Accident investigators spent about two hours collecting evidence at the scene. That evidence included pieces of the vehicle believed to be involved. Police are looking for a light-colored Ford F-150 with a camper shell. The truck is missing a headlight and a mirror on the right front side. Other damage is also possible.
Investigators are asking for anyone with information about the vehicle or the accident to contact them through Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.
People who live and work in the area also told Fox59 that stretch of Meridian Street near Troy is a dangerous place to walk.
Liford said the area badly needs sidewalks and more lighting.
“I don’t know that they’re ever going to do that, but they need to do something for the people (who are) walking,” she said.