Ball State students hope their video will solve hit-and-run case

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BOONE COUNTY, Ind. – A family is still searching for closure more than a year after a hit-and-run driver killed 78-year-old Anita Wernsing. The great-grandmother was killed as she crossed State Road 267 in Boone County, just outside Fayette. She was walking home from church when the accident happened.

Ball State students hope a new public service announcement will help police solve the case. Criminal justice students worked with Crime Stoppers to identify 16 unsolved crimes, including Wernsing’s case. They worked with detectives to produce a short video about the case.

The spot was posted on Facebook and it will air on Indy’s government access channel. You also can view the full PSA on the Crime Stoppers website (first of two videos located near the bottom of the page).

“The one thing that we’re looking for in this whole situation in closure. We want to be able to say that we know what happened, and how it happened, and why it happened and we forgive the person who did it,” said Gary Davis, Wernsing’s son-in-law.

Detectives said they have exhausted all the tips they received after the accident on November 25, 2012. A witness could not provide enough information for police to track down the driver.

“It’s very frustrating when you get to the point that you can’t go anymore and realize there’s nothing else you can do, you know the family’s still out there. They’re wanting closure,” said Sgt. Ben Phelps.

There are three ways to submit an anonymous tip to crime stoppers .

  • Text “INDYCS” plus your tip to 274637 (Crimes)
  • Online @
  • Call (317) 262-8477 (TIPS) or (800) 222-8477 (TIPS

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