Lawrence police search for hit and run driver after man is run over while playing catch with grandson

Surveillance image from Lawrence Police Department

LAWRENCE, Ind. — Police are asking for the public’s help tracking down a driver wanted for a hit and run that badly injured a man in Lawrence.

The crash took place in late December in the 4800 block of Barlow Drive near 48th and Franklin.

The victim had been playing catch with his grandson in front of his home when he got hit by a driver who never stopped.

“They hit me in the leg.  That’s what broke the leg and I just tumbled over the car,” said hit and run victim Dennis Hammons.

The collision broke his leg, neck and 11 ribs. Hammons is still recovering from his injuries.

His first memory after the crash was waking up in the back of an ambulance.

“It was like a dream.  It didn’t seem real at first,” said Hammons.

Now, more than a month after the crash, police are still trying to track down the driver who sped away from the scene.

“Our crash investigators have literally exhausted every effort,” said Lawrence deputy police chief Gary Woodruff.

Lawrence police say a grainy picture, taken from a neighbor’s home shows the suspect’s car.  Police believe it’s a silver or tan 2005-2010 Saturn Astra hatchback or similar style vehicle. The car likely sustained damage to the hood or windshield.

Investigators admit it’s not the best picture, but still hope someone knows who was behind the wheel at the time of the crash.

“Right now this is the best we have.  We have a victim that was struck and injured and we’d like to get resolution for that victim for sure,” said Woodruff.

Hammons knows he’s lucky to have survived the crash and he too hopes the driver is held accountable.

“I just think it’s terrible. I just can’t imagine anyone doing that. I know I couldn’t do it,” said Hammons.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477 (TIPS) or 800-222-8477 (TIPS). You can also submit a mobile tip through the P3tips app for Apple or Android phones or visit www.CrimeTips.org to submit a web tip. Information can be submitted anonymously.