UPDATE: Police identify driver killed in hit-and-run crash on I-465 on south side

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Police are searching for a driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash on I-465 on the south side that killed a Rushville man.

According to the Indiana State Police, the incident occurred about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday on eastbound I-465 approaching I-65 and Keystone Avenue.

Preliminary crash investigation and witness statements revealed that a crane being operated by Jeffrey A. Smith, 53, of Rushville, had mechanical issues and was parked on the right shoulder emergency berm of I-465 EB at the .08 mile marker. The drivers’ side of the crane, or left side, was seven feet off of the right lane of I-465 with the emergency flashers activated. A mechanic from R.H. Marlin Inc., the owner of the crane, had arrived in a separate vehicle and was under the crane making repairs. Smith was standing on the emergency berm between the crane and the right lane of I-465.

According to witness accounts, a red or maroon Ford pickup truck went off the right side of I-465 onto the emergency berm and struck Smith. The truck did not stop and continued EB on I-465. Smith was pronounced deceased at the scene. The mechanic was not injured.

Police are asking for the public's help in locating the pickup which they believe has significant damage.They are unsure where the truck may have fled to.

Anyone with information regarding this crash is encouraged to contact crime stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477). You can remain anonymous.

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