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Case dropped against dead woman in Indiana hit-and-run case

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Posted at 11:42 AM, Jul 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-21 11:42:43-04

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped their case against an Indiana woman who was charged in a hit-and-run crash during a southern Indiana protest last summer because she died in Colorado earlier this year.

Police say 67-year-old Christi Jane Bennett was found dead in a Denver hotel room on Feb. 6.

Monroe County prosecutor Erika Oliphant confirmed Tuesday that the county dropped its case against Bennett on July 6 after learning she had died.

Bennett had been due in Monroe County court on Monday to face charges over the alleged hit-and-run in which two people were hurt. The victims were protesting an assault on a local civil rights activist by a group of white men near Bloomington last July.

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