Anderson police search for driver after woman is killed in early morning hit-and-run

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ANDERSON, Ind– Anderson police are searching for a driver after a woman is killed in an early morning hit-and-run.

Police said a body was found on the 2200 block of W. 16th Street early Thursday morning.

APD officers were sent to around 2:00 a.m. and found a woman unresponsive and lying along the street with injuries.

Surveillance cameras from a nearby home appear to show the deadly hit-and-run.

You can’t see the type of car being driven or the victim, but the video shows a pair of headlights drive down 16th street, then stop for just over 10 seconds, before driving away.

A short time later police were called to that exact spot and found a 52-year-old woman dead.

“I’m feeling hurt.  I’m feeling pain.  Nobody does that unless they don’t care about a human being.  That’s pitiful,” said the victim’s father Donald Mitchell.

Donald says his daughter, Banita Mitchell, suffered serious health problems before her death and believes she was walking to her mother’s home at the time of the crash.

“You know she’s got cancer and she could hardly walk or hardly see,” said Donald.

“I’m distraught.  I’m hurt.  I’m in disbelief they would do this to my sister.  She’s been walking these streets all her life,” said the victim’s sister Nyrae Mitchell.

Family provided photo of Banita Mitchell.

Police don’t have a description of the suspect’s vehicle to release, but say anyone involved in an accident has a moral and legal obligation to help the victim.

“You don’t leave people laying in the street like that.  If you hit a dog you check on them, much less a human being, and I pray to god they catch them,” said Donald.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call APD at 765-648-6775 or Crime Stoppers at 765-649-8310.

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