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Donor offers $10,000 reward for Boone Co. hit-and-run arrest

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ZIONSVILLE, Ind. -

A private donor has offered a $10,000 reward to anyone who can give information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect in a fatal hit-and-run crash in Boone County last November.

The Boone County Sheriff's Department says 78-year-old Anita Wernsing was by a vehicle on SR 267 a few miles west of Zionsville on November 25. Police say Wernsing was leaving Mount Tabor Primitive Church and believe she was heading to her home across the road from the church.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the Boone County Sheriff's Office at 765-482-1412 or email tips@co.boone.in.us.

Police were called after Wernsing was found about 100 yards from the church. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

"I can't believe they didn't even stop to help her. That is a tragedy in itself," said Edward Miller, resident.

Residents like Miller have been asking for help to slow traffic on 267 just north of Fayette for years.

"Look at that. Look at how close he's following him. Now if that guy really wants to pass he'll pass. You don't have a chance," said Miller, pointing out the traffic.

Anita Wernsing didn't have a chance either. One passing car passed by when she was on the side of the road by her church. After striking her, police say the vehicle ran off the road, then continued northbound without stopping.

"They missed a road so they went south into Fayette and turned around and came back north. They met three cars in the process. By the time they got back up to the driveway of the church they saw the woman's purse in the road and her body on the side of the road and stopped," said Sheriff Ken Campbell, Boone County.

One of those passing three cars struck and killed her and left her there.

"The fact that someone couldn't stop to make sure she was even okay is a little surprising and heartless. She's a very small lady and they knew they hit her and they could have stopped to help her," said Mistie Linn, granddaughter.

Linn says her Anita was the perfect grandmother. To Teresa Seger, she was also the perfect stepmother.

"She's a wonderful woman. She raised my kids. So she's very missed," said Seger.

Seger has felt this pain before, because the road that claimed her stepmother Sunday night also took her father in 1999. This walk back home is full of childhood memories and pain.

Case update: Nov. 30

Meantime, investigators have identified two of the three vehicles that were near the scene seconds prior to the accident. In addition, investigators are looking for a dark-colored SUV that was seen turning westbound onto CR700S immediately following the accident.

Evidence technicians have delivered vehicle parts to the Indiana State Police lab to see what information could be determined.

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