IMPD: Girl killed in hit-and-run while walking to her bus stop along Mitthoeffer Road

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UPDATE: Police confirmed on Monday morning the victim had died. She was identified as 12-year-old Saleina Marcelus.


INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis girl is fighting for her life after being injured in a hit-and-run crash.

The crime took place Friday morning on Indy’s far east side. Police were sent to Penrith Drive just off of Mitthoeffer Road around 6:45 a.m.

Police believe the young victim was crossing the street on Mitthoeffer near Penrith Drive when she was hit by a car that refused to stop.

Investigators are now pleading with the public to help them solve the case or for the driver responsible to do the right thing and turn themself in.

A lone tennis shoe lying in the middle road marks the spot where the young girl was hit while walking to her bus stop just before 7 a.m.

“No child deserves to be struck. No child deserves to be left in the middle of the road with no medical aid rendered to her,” said IMPD officer Samone Burris.

The victim, who police say is between the age of 10 and 13, was rushed to Riley Hospital in serious condition.

Investigators believe a red vehicle fled the scene northbound on Mitthoeffer.

Although details about the suspect’s vehicle remain limited, police hope someone knows something and comes forward.

“It is very imperative that we get this information because currently we have a young lady that is fighting for her life to survive,” said Burris.

The victim attended Andrew J. Brown Academy on German Church. School leaders there declined to comment on the case.

Neighbors along Mitthoeffer say they’re saddened by the crash and pointed out there are no sidewalks on that stretch of road.

IMPD says the driver can turn themselves in with the civilian-administered Safe Surrender program. It allows suspects to turn themselves in at a time and place of their choosing with loved ones or faith leaders present. Call 317-327-SAFE (7233) or visit safe.indy.gov to begin the Safe Surrender process.

“We’re also hoping that the person who actually struck the child will feel the compassion in their heart to come forward and turn themselves in. So it is just not on the community, but it is on that individual that struck the child to come forward and turn themselves in,” said Burris.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477). Police also say anyone with information about the driver’s vehicle to call them at 317-327-3811 or call Investigator Eric Snow at 317-327-6549.

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