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Bloomington man arrested in fatal hit and run

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BLOOMINGTON -

A Bloomington man faces charges after police say he admitted to leaving the scene of a fatal crash.

Steven M. Finch, 27, was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident involving death, a Class C felony. He was booked at the Monroe County Jail. Johnny Shane Harden, 37, also of Bloomington, was killed in the crash.

It happened shortly before 8:00 am on Moores Pike near Olcott Boulevard. Bloomington Police found Harden lying in the street with serious head trauma. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers also found Harden's Suzuki motorcycle on its side.

A witness told police that the suspect vehicle may have been a white Pontiac Sunfire that left west on Moores Pike. At around 10:00 am, police learned that a man turned himself in at the jail admitting to involvement in the crash. He was identified as Steven M. Finch.

Finch told officers he was driving his 1998 Pontiac Sunfire east on Moores Pike when he was distracted by an electronic device. When he looked up, he saw the motorcycle in his path and couldn't avoid a collision. Finch struck the motorcycle on the passenger side of his car, knocking Harden off.

Finch said he stopped after the crash and backed up, indicating that he backed over and dragged Harden's body. Once the body was dislodged from under his car, Finch says he made a U-turn and left the scene.

According to police. Finch stopped at a convenience store in the Ellettsville area to buy tobacco, and then went to a car wash to attempt to wash away evidence of the accident.

Finch then went to his parents' home and was eventually transported to the jail where he turned himself in.

Finch underwent a blood draw and toxicology results are pending.

An autopsy is scheduled for the victim Wednesday morning in Terre Haute.

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