INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Authorities are calling a fatal hit-and-run collision “sad and tragic.”
Police say an elderly man who was walking back after a shopping trip to Wal-Mart Thursday morning was struck and killed during a hit-and-run on the northwest side of Indianapolis. The incident happened near the intersection of Michigan Rd. and Kessler Blvd.
Police have identified the man as Horace Rounds.
He was killed six days before his 90th birthday.
IMPD spokesman Officer Aaron Hamer said the incident “was very tragic. The individual laid in the road for more than two hours. It’s very difficult, very sad,” he said.
Police say the man lay in a ditch for two and a half hours before a woman discovered his body and called 911.
Hamer said the man’s body was position in a ditch in such a manner that made it difficult for passing motorists to see him.
Joan Ridenour, an administrative assistant at a nearby church, told I-Team 8 that she came out to check the mail and stood just feet from the man’s body but didn’t notice him.
“I didn’t see him,” she said. “And then I went back inside and got a call asking if we were okay because of all the police cars in our parking lot.”
Police said the suspect’s vehicle is a green 1997-1998 Ford Expedition or a Ford F-150 with front end damage.
Michigan Road was shut down in the area for several hours as emergency crews responded.
Neighbors like Lynn Fitzpatrick were disturbed by the news.
“I’m mad,” she said. “It’s anger. You took a life. It’s – it’s like an animal. You didn’t give a crap.”
Ridenour said that “accident happens” and speculated that perhaps the person didn’t see the elderly man attempting to cross the street.