One year later, Lawrence police still searching for driver in deadly hit-and-run

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LAWRENCE, Ind. – A 2015 Mother’s Day tragedy remains unsolved in Lawrence. The search continues for a driver involved in a deadly hit-and-run crash that took place one year ago along Pendleton Pike.

Despite having surveillance video of the suspect’s SUV, Lawrence police say no arrests have ever been made. The video shows the driver of the SUV stopped at the Pendleton Pike waiting for traffic to pass.

At the same time, a motorcycle rider was driving down the street. That`s when the SUV pulled into the victim’s path, killing the rider and devastating his mother.

“For the last 12 months I`ve been grieving the loss of my child,” said Julianna Sliger.  “Every day my heart bleeds for Jonathan.”

Julianna`s son, 25-year-old Jonathan Macklin, died instantly on the scene.

The video shows the driver of the SUV drove away without ever attempting to stop.

Exactly 12 months to the day after the crash a small cross has been put on the site of the collision, but the hit and run suspect has never been identified.

“Every day I battle with what happened and who was there,” said Sliger.

Macklin`s mother says Jonathan had recently graduated college and moved to Indy for a new job. The victim had only lived in area for seven months before his death.

“We really want resolution for the family. That`s what this is all about,” said Lawrence police deputy chief Gary Woodruff.

Lawrence police say the SUV did suffer some damage to the back quarter panel and tail light, but police still need the public’s help.

“Our investigators have followed up on hundreds of leads, but we just haven`t gotten that one piece of the puzzle that points to the driver,” said Woodruff.

“For the last 12 months, I`ve been praying for someone to call Lawrence police and tell them what they know about what happened,” said Sliger.  “If someone can help a grieving mother alleviate some pain by picking up the phone, I`d appreciate it.”

A bike rally is being planned for this weekend in honor of Macklin. Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.

 

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