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66-year-old hit-and-run victim identified, IMPD continues search for suspect vehicle

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Indianapolis police continue searching for a driver responsible for a deadly hit and run crash.

Police say a 66-year-old man died after being run over near 22nd and Illinois late Monday night.

The crash tore the passenger side mirror off the car but the driver disappeared.  The victims friends were blindsided by the death.

“My mind is still trying to figure it out.  I expect him to call or see him and I can’t anymore.  He’s gone,” said LeVeque’s friend John Wheeler.

“It just seems really weird he’s not going to be here,” said LeVeque’s friend Robert Knopp.

The man killed is Brett LeVeque.  He’s remembered by his friends for his soft spoken ways.

“A lot of times I’d have to tell him speak up because I couldn’t hear him, but he was real easy going,” said Wheeler.

John says LeVeque had struggled with homelessness for years, but had recently gotten off the streets.

The 66-year-old loved playing base guitar at the Slippery Noodle in downtown.

“He just liked to jam.  He enjoyed playing music,” said Wheeler.

There are at least 3 street lights near the intersection of 22nd and Illinois, but police described the area where LeVeque crossed the street as poorly lit.

Mayor Hogsett campaigned on installing more street lights around town and his office says 59 new streetlights have been installed this year.  16 more are under construction while locations for 25 lights are being finalized.

A long range comprehensive plan being done by IPL should also be finished next year.

It's not clear if lack of lighting contributed to the crash that killed LeVeque, but his friends still want justice.

“Brett’s not that big.  Depending on clothes, he might have hard to see.  I don’t know, but the driver should have stopped,” said Wheeler.

“It’s kind of hard you know. You shouldn’t duck your responsibilities when things happen,” said Knopp.

Accident investigators are searching for a gold or beige colored 2000-2005 Buick LeSabre, which should have front end damage and possibly damage to the windshield. It will be missing the entire passenger side mirror assembly.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at (317)262-TIPS(8477).

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