Madison County Sheriff’s Deputy hurt in hit and run crash

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Madison County, IND. —  Madison County Sheriff’s Deputy Lieutenant Joseph Rodney was hurt in a hit and run crash Saturday morning.

Lt. Rodney was driving a marked Sheriff’s Department Chevrolet Tahoe south on County Road 100 W, when his vehicle was struck by a van traveling east on County Road 500 S that disregarded the stop sign.

Lt. Rodney’s vehicle came to a stop off the roadway, in a wooded area and the van fled the scene.

He radioed to dispatch and described the vehicle. He was also taken to Community Hospital in Anderson and later released.

Officers later found the vehicle, abandoned on County Road 600 S near Pendleton.

Officers found a juvenile female in a field nearby and learned that she had been in the van, which had been driven by a 17 year-old male and contained three other juveniles.

Investigators say the parents of the juveniles are cooperating with the investigation.

Sheriff Richardson says the department vehicle is believed to be a complete loss.