Johnson County Sheriff’s Office searching for suspect in hit-and-run

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GREENWOOD, Ind. -- Investigators in Johnson County may be closer to solving a hit-and-run crash that injured a woman Monday night.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office said investigators received a tip that led them to a 2002 green Chevrolet Malibu. They obtained a search warrant and impounded the vehicle for a search. Sheriff Doug Cox said investigators are convinced they've found the right vehicle and said the owner was not cooperating with the investigation.

The sheriff's office released video of the vehicle earlier this week.

Deputies were called to the 800 block of North Leisure Lane in the Carefree North neighborhood around 7:30 p.m. Monday on a report of a person struck by a car. Officers spoke to the victim, who complained of pain to her back and legs.

She said she was walking northbound on the west side of the street when the car hit her from behind. She never saw the vehicle. She was sent up into the air and when she landed her shoes had been knocked off. There was no debris from the vehicle at the scene.

A witness on the scene told officers she saw the whole incident. She was driving on Leisure Lane when a greenish-blue, 4-door older boxy-looking car drove past her at what she estimated to be 40 mph. The speed limit on the street is 25 mph.

The suspect's car passed the witness, she noticed one of the brake lights may not be working. The driver appeared to be alone, and was described as an adult white male with brown hair.

The vehicle was weaving side to side and nearly sideswiped a couple who were walking. The couple spoke with officers and noted the car could be teal colored with a front fender on the driver's side being off-colored, as if body work had been done and the fender had been replaced.

The first witness went on to say she followed the car after it nearly hit the couple. She saw the car cross the center lane and stay on the wrong side of the road as it headed straight towards the victim. After impact, she said the suspect never slowed or attempted to stop.

The sheriff's office said the security camera video released Wednesday showed the vehicle in question as it passed by a home before the hit-and-run incident. They said it appeared to be a teal or green late 1990s or early 2000s General Motors vehicle.

While investigators believe they may have identified the vehicle in question, they're still asking anyone with addition information about the case to call them at (317) 346-4654.

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