Police close in on suspect involved in hit-and-run crash

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LAWRENCE, Ind. (March 5, 2015) – Police have narrowed down the vehicle description involved in a hit and run accident that critically injured a man. Nearly two weeks ago, 40-year-old Victor Ramirez was hit by a driver when he was trying to cross Pendleton Pike.

Witnesses told police the driver hit Ramirez then stopped a little ways up, got out, looked around and then just kept driving.

“There’s not just the legal duty to stop after an accident, there’s a human being side of this. There’s an injured person there that needed help,” said Capt. Gary Woodruff with the Lawrence Police Department.

Police have taken debris from the accident to body shops.  They believe the car involved was a 2004-2009 dark blue Dodge Charger.

“We went through and started looking at the video and were able to see it.  It brings some tears to your eyes to see that guy go through something like that is just sad,” said Elden Foltz, whose surveillance camera captured the accident.

Police tell us Ramirez is still in the hospital but is improving.  He’s been able to talk with family members.

Police received several tips from Lawrence to Indianapolis to Avon.  Investigators are still waiting for that one tip to come through or for that one person to come forward.

“For most people, their conscience would be bothering them significantly and they aren’t going to get past that until they make themselves responsible and accountable,” said Woodruff.

If you have any information that could help police call 317-545-7575 or 317-262-TIPS.

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