WESTFIELD — School bus drivers in Westfield remembered one of their own Thursday.
70-year-old Alice Chamblin of Cicero was killed in a hit-and-run accident last week while walking along a rural road in northern Hamilton County.
Chamblin drove an elementary school bus for the Westfield Washington district. Thursday, bus drivers drove her route, as a way to remember Chamblin. She also drove buses to and from evening high school sports events.
Bus #73 will be parked at the Chatham Hills Clubhouse and remain there until noon on Friday, May 29th so families and individuals who wish to leave notes, cards or other tributes to Chamblin may do so privately.
A Tipton man was arrested last week in the hit-and-run accident. Daniel Sullivan is charged with leaving the scene of a crash causing death.
According to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Chamlin was walking with a family member when she was hit. Witnesses said the vehicle crossed from the northbound travel lane to the southbound side and stuck the victim.
The family member and another witnesses to the crash provided a description of the truck, which did not stay at the scene.
The sheriff's office asked for help from the public and got it. "Through the generous help from our social media followers, local news and our local communities, tips and leads began to come into our office," said Deputy Ryan McClain. "These tips led investigators to Tipton, where a citizen reported seeing a Ford F-150 that matched the description of the suspect vehicle. Investigators with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office went to Tipton, located the truck and concluded the damage to the truck was consistent with evidence collected at the crash scene."
The vehicle was impounded and taken to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office crime lab where detectives were able to match evidence found at the scene to the evidence on the suspect's truck. That led to the arrest of Sullivan.