4 Fast Facts
- Police release surveillance image of SUV sought in hit-and-run crash from January
- Vehicle is a Toyota RAV4 from 2002-2005 model years
- Three vehicles involved; one left the scene
- Three people were seriously injured
FRANKLIN, Ind. (April 14, 2016) – Police in Franklin have been investigating a hit-and-run crash that resulted in serious injuries since January.
Now they’ve released new information about the vehicle they’re looking for. The crash happened on Jan. 23, 2016, on East King Street in Franklin. An SUV slammed into two other vehicles and then left the scene.
Police said the vehicle rear-ended another one, sending it into oncoming traffic and into the path of the third car involved in the crash. Both drivers and a passenger suffered serious injuries.
One of the victims, Grant Black, suffered more than a dozen broken ribs seriously injured his arm and leg and needed three surgeries. He spent two weeks at IU Health Methodist Hospital and is still confined to a wheelchair.
He says even though he has the support of his family and the community, the last several months have been difficult for his wife and two young daughters.
“That person doesn’t realize they didn't just affect the 3 people. It’s me, my family and the other couple and their family and goes on from there. It affects tons of people. It’s not just 1 or 2 from the wreck,” said Black.
Family friend Buzz Bay checks in on Grant often.
Bay says Black is giving his recovery everything he's got.
“He’s a warrior. He has fought through hellacious pain. Pain that most men would just give up. He has fought to get through it. He has fought through his therapy. When something like this happens and he’s stuck in a wheelchair it messes with your mind that messes with your heart because you think I’m not that person I'm not that dad I'm supposed to be,” said Bay.
Black and his wife Teairra are doing the best they can and hope life returns to normal soon.
“We both went through the mad and the sad back to the mad back to the sad then you just get to a point to this is reality it is what it is and I’m just gonna have to take the time to do what I need to do to get myself healthy again so that we can carry on with our lives. I don’t want to give that person anymore of my time than I have to and that’s why I am fighting and pushing myself through the pain every day to do the therapy and things that I need to do,” said Black.
Witnesses described the vehicle as a small to midsize SUV with four doors; it would’ve had significant damage to the front bumper and driver’s side. Witnesses said the SUV, last seen going westbound on Jefferson Street, was tan in color. They described the driver as a white male in his 20s with dark hair.
Franklin police now have video of the vehicle that may have been involved in the crash. The video was captured near Franklin College about a minute after someone made a 911 call. Investigators believe it’s a Toyota RAV4 from the 2002-2005 model years.
Black says this new video is a good lead.
“The pieces of the puzzle are coming together. Things are starting to click.
Black says it's only a matter of time before the person responsible is caught.
“It’ll give me some closure knowing that person is off the streets not doing it to somebody else,” Black concluded.
Anyone with information should contact the Franklin Police Department at (317) 346-1100.