Man sentenced in fatal November hit-and-run on I-465

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Scene of the crash.

UPDATE (Aug. 9, 2017)—  Leslie Miller accepted a plea deal and will serve four years in jail. He received two days of jail credit. The first three years will be spent in the Indiana Department of Correction. The fourth year will be spent in Marion County Community Corrections. He will also pay $10,185 in restitution to the victim’s family.

Original story:

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Police say an arrest has been made in a deadly south side hit-and-run crash that occurred on I-465.

Leslie Miller, 26, of Indianapolis, was arrested for leaving the scene of a fatal crash on Nov. 29, 2016.

The crash claimed the life of Jeffrey Smith, 53, of Rushville.

Leslie Miller

Leslie Miller

Preliminary crash investigation and witness statements revealed that a crane being operated by Smith 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.

Smith, a beloved husband, dad of two girls, and a grandfather lived in Rushville. He worked at R.H. Marlin Inc. for more than 20 years. The company says Smith was a talented and skilled crane operator. Witnesses say he was with his co-workers when he was hit and killed.

If convicted, Miller could face anywhere from one to six years in prison and fines up to $10,000.