About two months ago, an Indianapolis mother didn’t know if her 13-year-old daughter would live to see Thanksgiving.
“There were some injuries that could have really cost her her life,” said Charlotte Jones.
That was Nov. 16, when Charlotte’s daughter, Karmyn, was struck by an SUV near the corner of 71st Street and Michigan Road.
As Karmyn lay bleeding in the street, the driver of the white Chevy Suburban drove away. The accident left her in critical condition.
“She was in the ICU for probably three weeks before she was able to be moved down to a floor,” Charlotte said.
About two months later, Karmyn is recovering, and she has returned to school. However, she lost a kidney as a result of the accident, and she’ll have scars on her arm and head for the rest of her life.
“There’s no way that he could not have known that he hit a person,” Charlotte said. “It’s just not possible.”
While the search for the driver continues, the trail has recently gone cold. But last week, Charlotte watched all the news coverage of the hit-and-run death of Kathy Clark. She saw how a tip from the public resulted in the arrest of Greg Hudson of Shelbyville.
That prompted her to call Indianapolis Metropolitan Police and ask them to seek help from the public and IMPD responded.
“There was a feeling that maybe we could gain some traction with this case that hasn’t been solved yet to get it out there and hopefully get some public input,” said IMPD Officer Michael Hewitt.
Police are now asking for information about the suspect vehicle. It was described as a 1992 to 1999 White Chevy Suburban with the letter “W” in the license plate.
The vehicle was driven by male and will likely have existing or recently repaired damage on the front end.
While Charlotte is grateful her daughter survived the accident, she wants the man who hit her to face justice for leaving her in the street.
“You really caused some physical damage to my daughter,” Charlotte said. “She’ll have some scars for life from this. And regardless of your fear, I hope that you come in and turn yourself in.”
Anyone with information that could break this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.