Man awaiting trial for hit-and-run has suspected overdose

Man awaiting trial for hit-and-run has suspected overdose

A man who is facing felony charges relating to a hit-and-run crash that seriously injured three people was hospitalized after a suspected overdose.

Will Slinger, 30, of Franklin, was unresponsive, had a weak pulse and was struggling to breathe when police were called to an apartment on Walnut Street, between Adams and Banta streets, just before 5 p.m. Thursday, according to a Franklin police report.

Police gave him two doses of Narcan, a drug sprayed in the nose and meant to counter a drug overdose. Neither dose had much effect on Slinger, and he was taken by ambulance to Johnson Memorial Health, police said.

He was treated at the hospital and released. Police saw no signs of drug use at the scene, and do not plan to submit the case for a possible criminal charge because they have no evidence.

Slinger has been out of jail on bond since his arrest in June on three felony charges. Police said evidence points to Slinger as the driver who fled an accident in Franklin just more than a year ago. He was identified in April and arrested then, and again in June when the prosecutor filed charges.

The hit-and-run crash happened on King Street, just east of downtown, and three people suffered serious injuries.

A jury trial is set for March in Johnson County Superior Court 3.