Family hopes for closure in deadly hit and run

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BEECH GROVE – The family of Ronald “Red” Van Atta wants the public to step forward and help find the driver who hit and killed him.

Van Atta was struck near the intersection of South Emerson and Hornet Avenue at 11 p.m. Sunday. He died at the hospital Monday morning.

Police relayed a message directly to that driver.

“I would tell them that there’s a family here, that’s suffering and grieving and they need your help for closure,” Beech Grove Captain Robert Mercuri said.

Van Atta’s death came at the end of a tumultuous weekend. He had been stabbed during a bar fight early Sunday before getting into a confrontation with police at the hospital.

Just hours later, Van Atta reportedly got out of his fiance’s car during a fight into the middle of traffic. Police are trying to figure out if the hit and run accident is linked or just a tragic accident.

Police are looking for a late ‘90s model station wagon, a Mercury Sable or Ford Taurus that is dark in color. It has a plastic trash bag in the rear passenger window.

Anyone with information is urged to call Beech Grove Police at 317-782-4949.

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