To cut down hit and runs, IMPD targets speeding drivers

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 24, 2015) – IMPD says officers are being told to crack down on speeding drivers in an effort to reduce the high number of hit and runs lately.

In 2014, IMPD reports 559 hit and run crashes that left someone injured. Of those, 13 people died.

So far in 2015, IMPD records show 251 hit and runs where someone was hurt. Of those, six people have died.

In one case from May at Raymond and Shelby Streets, a woman was hit and killed in the early morning hours. The driver took off and was found by police a short time later.

In another case from May at 56th and Georgetown, witnesses say a man was hit by five cars and died. Not one of those drivers stopped.

Police say, if they’re alerted to speeding drivers in a certain area, now they’re heading that way.

“You are operating a vehicle that is over one ton, you are in essence driving a piece of equipment that could inflict serious injury or even death on an individual,” said IMPD Officer Christopher Wilburn.

Police also say, any driver who hits someone should stay at the scene. Charges will likely be much worse if a driver leaves an accident.

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