Video released in hit and run; investigators asking for public’s help to identify vehicle, driver

Investigators are asking for the public’s help finding a vehicle that struck a woman in a Center Grove area neighborhood, sending her to the hospital.

A homeowner in Carefree North gave Johnson County Sheriff’s Office detectives video showing the vehicle that witnesses said struck Linda Gaither while she was walking in the neighborhood Monday night.

The surveillance video from the home on Leisure Lane shows the car, believed to be a late 1990s or early 2000s teal or green General Motors vehicle. Witnesses told police the car was driving on the wrong side of the road when it struck Gaither, who was thrown into the air. The force of the impact was so hard it knocked her out of her shoes, according to the sheriff’s office report.

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Investigators know the vehicle caught on video is the one from the crash because of the timeframe. Shortly after the vehicle is on the video, a witness to the crash is seen driving. The car is also driving on the wrong side of the road, Sheriff Doug Cox said.

The investigation into the accident continued on Wednesday. Investigators drove through Carefree and other nearby neighborhoods looking for the vehicle, but did not see it, Cox said.

No tips have come in yet, but the sheriff’s office hopes to hear from people who recognize the vehicle, Cox said.

Gaither, 70, was taken to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, where she remained in critical condition on Wednesday afternoon.

At least three people witnessed the crash, including another motorist who said the vehicle passed her going about 40 mph, and two pedestrians who feared the car would hit them as it passed, the report said.

Investigators are still seeking anyone else who witnessed the crash, has video in the area — especially that would show what direction the vehicle went when leaving the neighborhood — or recognizes the vehicle caught on the surveillance video, Cox said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office tip line at 317-346-4654.

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Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at agoeller@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2718.