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A man will spend two years on home detention after hitting and killing a southside woman with his truck and driving away.

A judge sentenced Greg Hudson, 51, Shelbyville, to two years of home detention and three years on probation.

He was found guilty of a felony charge of failing to stop after an accident causing death following a bench trial in a Marion County court earlier this year.

Police said Hudson hit and killed Kathleen Clark, 63, with his pickup while she was walking along Meridian Street on the southside in January 2013.

Her son, Rick Clark, who lives in the Center Grove area, called the sentence a joke and said justice was not done in punishing the man who killed his mother.

After the accident, Rick Clark and police pleaded for the driver to come forward. Police were searching for a gold truck shown on a security video and got a tip leading them to Hudson, who was arrested four days after the accident.

Rick Clark said Hudson’s attorney spun the story in court so it sounded like his mother was at fault for crossing the street when the sidewalk ran out, causing her to get hit. He called the sentence a slap in the face of justice.

“It’s just unfair,” Rick Clark said. “There is not justice in this case.”

Prosecutors argued for a longer sentence because of the time it took to find Kathleen Clark’s body and because Hudson tried to repair his car and didn’t report the incident, Marion County Prosecutor’s Office spokesperson Peg McLeish said.

But Hudson had no criminal history, which factored into a lesser sentence, she said.

Hudson’s attorney, James Voyles Jr., declined to comment on the case.

Kathleen Clark was heading to a southside bar to see a friend play drums and had called a friend for a ride. When he didn’t answer, she decided to walk because the bar was less than two miles away and she often walked places, her son said after the accident last year.

The owner of the nearby Thirsty Turtle bar found her dead on the side of the road at 11:30 a.m. the next day and called police, according to a police report. A man told police he had been outside the bar at 7 p.m. the day Clark was hit and heard a noise that sounded like a car hitting something and saw a truck driving away, a police report said. The man looked around but didn’t see Clark on the side of the road at that time.

Indianapolis police got surveillance video from the bar that showed Clark walking down the street then the truck driving by. Another man also told police he saw the driver stop in a neighborhood about a half-mile away from the accident and check the damage to his headlight, a police report said. Police got a tip that a gold-colored truck was being repaired in Shelbyville and were able to match broken pieces of a headlight lens from the scene of the accident to the light that was being replaced on Hudson’s truck.

Hudson told police he thought he hit a wooden barricade that night and realized two days later that he must have hit a person, the police report said. He thought about turning himself in but didn’t, the report said.

Kathleen Clark worked for years as a store clerk making minimum wage but enjoyed what she did, her son said.

Not enough was done to punish the man who killed her, Rick Clark said.

“The corrupt legal system should be on blast. They just see that some old lady got killed, and they tried to make it seem like it’s her fault,” he said.

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