Police release new images of SUV sought in hit-run crash that killed motorcyclist

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LAWRENCE (May 21, 2015) – Lawrence police released new surveillance video of an SUV thought to be involved in a hit-and-run crash that killed a motorcyclist earlier this month.

On the evening of Sunday, May 10, 2015, an SUV ran over and killed Jonathan Macklin, 25, in the 8100 block of Pendleton Pike, near McCoy Street. The vehicle then left the scene.

Police initially thought Macklin lost control of his motorcycle and crashed; further investigation revealed the SUV turned in front of him and hit him. He was wearing a helmet but died from his injuries.

New surveillance video shows the white SUV, likely a 2000s-model Chevy Suburban, being driven toward the exit onto Pendleton Pike from the Esquire Plaza just before the crash. After analyzing the footage obtained so far, police believe the SUV is a former government or fleet-style vehicle. It would have damage to the driver’s side rear quarter panel, fender well area or tail light assembly.

"Somebody out there knows something and you hope that, by now, by seeing this enough that, you know, the conscience is starting to bother them and they'll step forward and share that information," said Captain Gary Woodruff with the Lawrence Police Department.

A vigil in honor of Macklin was held near the spot where the crash happened. It was organized by Macklin's friend, Tyrelle Collins, and the Omega Phi Psi Fraternity.

"Through our various community service activities and things, I became very close with Jonathan," Collins said.

Members of the 317 Ryders motorcycle group also attended the vigil. Each person had the same message.

"It's about a person just facing the music and acknowledging that you've caused a life and to help not only friends, but family, bring closure," Collins said.

Anyone with information about the crash should contact Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at (317) 262-TIPS (8477).

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