Woman injured in hit-and-run

Police seek information about driver after Center Grove-area crash

Police are looking for the driver of a vehicle that hit a woman who was walking in a Center Grove area neighborhood, leaving her in critical condition.

Investigators have already found one home in the neighborhood with surveillance cameras and want to hear from anyone that saw the car or has surveillance video who can help them track down the driver, Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox said.

Linda Gaither, 70, was walking along Leisure Lane in the Carefree North neighborhood, near Peterman and Fairview roads, around 7:30 p.m. Monday when she was struck from behind by a car that then drove off, a Johnson County Sheriff’s Office report said.

The impact of the crash knocked Gaither out of her shoes. She was taken to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital after complaining of pain to her back and legs, the report said. On Tuesday afternoon, she was listed in critical condition.

At least three people saw the crash, according to the report.

Another driver told police she was driving about 25 mph and estimated the car was going about 40 mph when it passed her. She then saw the vehicle weaving on the road and nearly sideswipe another couple walking along the street, the report said.

She continued to follow the vehicle, and saw it was driving on the wrong side of the road, headed straight for Gaither, who was also walking in the neighborhood. The vehicle struck Gaither, sending her into the air, and then drove off without stopping, the report said.

The couple that was also walking said they were startled when the car passed them, and didn’t know how they hadn’t been hit, the report said.

Witnesses described the vehicle as an older, teal, four-door sedan with a man driving, the report said.

The sheriff’s office is investigating, Cox said.

Deputies are checking with residents in the neighborhood to see if anyone else had any home surveillance video of the hit-and-run, or of traffic on Leisure lane from around that time, he said.

The sheriff’s office is asking anyone with information to contact the tip line at 317-346-4654.

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Jacob Tellers is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at jtellers@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2702.