Family of elderly hit-and-run victim wants suspect found

Posted at 11:21 PM, May 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-31 12:16:45-04

INDIANAPOLIS – An elderly woman was struck by a vehicle during a hit-and-run incident on the city’s northwest side Saturday, and her family wants police to find those responsible.

Marie Avant, 75, was left with a broken pelvis, ribs and hip after a driver slammed into her near the intersection of 66th Street and Michigan Road.

Avant’s children said the incident happened a short distance away from their mother’s home.

"That is our mother and she is fighting for her life,” said Charles Avant, the victim's son. “She's got a thing that she's breathing through. She's swelled up and that hurts me to see her like that.”

Witnesses said the vehicle that fled the scene was a mid-90s light gray van with a blue stripe.

"When I got to the hospital and realized kind of how bad she was I was very devastated and hurt,” said Patricia Avant, the victim’s daughter.

The family wants not only the police’s help, but the community’s assistance as well.

"I want everybody in society, when they see that van, somebody is going to see it and when they see that van smashed up in the front call the authorities immediately,” said Charles.

If you have any information on this case, call Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS. 

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