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18-year-old arrested in fatal hit-and-run crash

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Posted at 6:52 AM, Nov 06, 2023
and last updated 2023-11-07 16:17:40-05

LAWRENCE — An 18-year-old male was arrested for a hit-and-run crash that killed a woman on Sunday.

According to Lawrence Police Department, officers were called to the 4400 block of North Franklin Road for a crash involving a pedestrian around 11:15 p.m.

Witnesses told police a southbound vehicle, possibly a white SUV, hit a pedestrian as they were crossing Franklin Road at Records St. The driver continued south on Franklin road after hitting the woman, according to police.

The pedestrian, identified by Marion County Coroner as 30-year-old Jasmine D. Singleton, was taken to Eskenazi hospital in critical condition, where she later died.

After reviewing video and license plate reader data, Lawrence detectives located and recovered a black 2015 Chevrolet Equinox SUV involved in the crash. The vehicle recovery led them to the 18-year-old driver of the SUV.

The driver told detectives he saw the pedestrian in the road too late to avoid striking her. After doing so, he said he panicked and drove away from the scene of the crash.

The driver is preliminarily charged with Leaving the Scene of a Crash Resulting in Fatality, a level 4 felony.

Detectives credit businesses with surveillance cameras in the area who contacted police to share video as well as license plate reader data and witness accounts. However, after reviewing video footage, detectives determined the white SUV was not the striking vehicle and that a black SUV was the striking vehicle.