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Muncie police still looking for hit and run driver who killed man on his birthday

Posted at 12:25 PM, Oct 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-05 12:25:28-04

MUNCIE — One year later, Muncie police are still looking for the person who struck and killed Joe Minor Jr. on his 27th birthday.

On October 6, 2018, Muncie Police Department officers were called around 12:15 a.m. to the area near Colonial Crest Apartments, on the city's west side, on the report of a person struck. When they arrived, they found Minor on the side of the road.

Police say Minor was struck almost an hour and a half before he was found.

He was taken to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, where he later died on his birthday, police said.

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Police were able to get surveillance video of the incident and released an image of the car involved with the hopes of getting tips from the commuity.

Sgt. Chris Kirby, an accident investigator with the Muncie Police Department, said they are looking for a smaller "boxy" SUV with damage on the right side seen leaving the area of the crash.

During a vigil held at Westside Park in Muncie, Teresa Minor, his mother had a message for the person responsible.

"I guess I just want to know why," Teresa said. "Why you would leave somebody just lay there, brain damaged, choking on blood, leave them to die with no regard to human life."

Anyone with information on the incident or the vehicle involved is asked to call MPD's traffic division at 765-286-3589, detectives at 765-747-4867, or Crime Stoppers at 765-286-4050.