Man turns self in after hit-and-run crash that seriously injured 70-year-old Greenwood woman

Richard Allen Johnson Jr.

UPDATE – Richard Johnson Jr. turned himself the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday.

He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with serious bodily injury. Johnson Jr. reportedly posted bond immediately.

Original story: 

GREENWOOD, Ind. – Police are looking for a man suspected of leaving the scene of a crash that seriously injured a woman last month in Greenwood.

According to Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox, Richard Allen Johnson Jr. is wanted in connection with the Aug. 7, 2017, hit-and-run crash, which happened around 7:30 p.m. in the 800 block of North Leisure Lane in the Carefree North neighborhood.

A woman was walking northbound on the west side of the street when a car hit her from behind. The woman went airborne and suffered serious injuries that required multiple surgeries.

Witnesses reported seeing the car weaving side to side and said it nearly sideswiped another couple before hitting the woman. The vehicle veered to the wrong side of the road before impact and didn’t stop or slow down after it happened, witnesses told police.

“As soon as I stepped out my door I heard a thump,” said neighbor Dennis Alhand.

Hearing the crash on this street in front of his home, Dennis tried to comfort the woman before paramedics arrived.  An experience he’ll never forget.

“You couldn’t see broken bones or anything, but you could see she was pretty beat up and you could see her shoes 15 feet down the street.  She was knocked out of her shoes when she flew up in the air,” said Alhand.

With the help of the surveillance video from neighbors, sheriff’s deputies quickly found the suspect’s car but have not been able to make an arrest.

“The lady deserved better than to be left in the street so it’s time for the suspect to have his day in court,” said Johnson county sheriff Doug Cox.

According to court records, Johnson’s own sister told family members the suspect admitted “ He was sleepy and that’s why he hit her, but i’m sure he was on drugs.”

“The vehicle that struck her was on the wrong side of the road so we knew we were dealing with somebody who was not paying attention or was consuming illegal substances,” said Cox.

Whatever the cause, neighbors simply hope Johnson is held accountable for the crime.

“The fact that somebody could hit somebody and take off is beyond me,” said Alhand.

Cox said detectives believe Johnson may be in the Morgan County area.

Anyone with information about Johnson’s whereabouts should call the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office tip line at (317) 346-4654.