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One year later, Lawrence hit-and-run unsolved

Posted at 5:51 PM, May 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-10 20:34:08-04

LAWRENCE, Ind. -- One year later, Lawrence police are still searching for the driver of an SUV that struck and killed a motorcyclist on Pendleton Pike.

Detectives have pulled the records of 7,000 white SUVs in Marion County in the hunt for the vehicle that killed Jonathan Macklin.

A surveillance video caught the crash that killed the 25-year-old. Macklin was riding his motorcycle eastbound on Pendleton Pike when the white SUV pulled out and makes a left turn right in front of his motorcycle.

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The driver of the SUV didn't stop to help. Macklin was declared dead at the scene.

Macklin's mother Julianna Sliger said her "heart bleeds every day" for the loss of her son.

"I am hanging on," Sliger said. "I've been hanging on by a thread. Hoping this gets resolved before I break."

Two memorial crosses have been erected near the crash site.

Macklin was a recent college graduate who had moved to Indianapolis for a job.

Lawrence Police Deputy Chief Gary Woodruff said investigators could still possibly identify the SUV based on the year-old damage, even if it's been repaired.

"It is amazing what our crash investigators can do when they are pointed in the right direction," Woodruff said. "We need that one piece of info as to why that SUV was in the area a year ago today, where that vehicle may be now and who was driving."

Macklin's mother said she would tell the driver she forgives them, but wants them to acknowledge that they left her son at the scene.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 217-262-TIPS.