HANCOCK COUNTY – Officials from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department are seeking the public’s help to identify a driver who struck a male juvenile bicyclist leaving the child rider in critical condition.
The crash happened in the Wilkinson area around 10 p.m. Saturday night, June 17, officials said. That’s when deputy officials from the HCSD responded to the area of State Road 109 in Wilkinson for a juvenile struck by a car. Officials say a passerby observed a child laying on the ground next to a bicycle and immediately called 911.
“It is not known how long the child was laying on the ground before the witness located him,” Capt. Robert Harris, the public information officer for the HCSD said. “The 13-year-old had his eyes open, but was unable to speak.”
The child was transported by air ambulance to Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis in critical condition.
Investigators from the HCSD are searching for clues to locate the person and the vehicle who struck the child. This includes using Flock cameras in the area, speaking to neighbors, and searching for more video.
The suspect vehicle may have damage to the front,
right and passenger side, Harris said. Anyone with information should contact the HCSD dectective division at 317-477-1199.
Anyone living on State Road 109 between State Road 234 and the Dollar General in Wilkinson who might have security camera footage from approximately 9:45 pm and 10:10 p.m. from Saturday night is asked to please contact HCSD detectives. Also, if anyone was driving in that area last night and saw anything that may help, please call.
The child’s name is not yet being released since he is a juvenile. His parents were notified and are with him at the hospital.
Members of the Hancock County Fatal Accident Crash Team (FACT), Shirley Police Department, New Palestine Police Department, and Fortville Police Department investigated the
The Daily Reporter will have more on the investigation when it becomes available.