IMPD reviewing surveillance video in fatal hit-and-run investigation
By Steve Jefferson, WTHR Crimebeat reporter - bio | email
The video shows a pedestrian walking by the Thirsty Turtle.
It then shows a passing vehicle.
Louise Liford runs the bar at the Thirsty Turtle.
Indianapolis Metro Police are investigating a hit-and-run that left a 63-year-old woman dead this week.
Police say a vehicle struck 63-year-old Kathleen Clark of Indianapolis at South Meridian and West Troy. There was no sidewalk in the area where she was walking. Clark's body was found hours after the accident Monday in the grass west of South Meridian Street. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators are looking for a 1997-2004 gold or tan Ford F-150 pick-up truck with a camper shell. The truck may have right passenger-side damage, including a missing right front headlamp.
Although the driver kept going, investigators have a good idea what the person was driving at the time.
The IMPD hit and run unit solves more than half of their fatal hit and runs. They are reviewing Louise Liford's surveillance video that captured Clark as she passed by Liford's business Sunday night.
Liford manages the Thirsty Turtle bar. Clark was struck as she passed by. The video shows Clark walking southbound on Meridian Street just after 7:00 pm Sunday night.
"I have cameras all around the bar and I am glad it caught her walking down the street," said Liford.
Liford found Clark's body the next day and called 911. She watched investigators process the scene and hopes someone can help identify the suspect passing in a Ford F-150 recorded seconds after the victim walked by.
"It's a two-tone and a pearl white and gold at the bottom and it's got a camper shell right there," said Liford.
The bar manager believes the timing of that F-150 is important because two people on a smoke break were standing outside the bar and possibly heard the impact from across the street.
"They heard the bang and they turned around and they said, 'what did he hit?'" said Liford.
The vehicle is believed to be a gold or tan Ford F-150 pickup truck, although it could be an Expedition.
"Even if it was an accident, it could have been his sister, or her sister, whoever was driving the truck. Could have been their sister, their mom, their grandmother. Could have been them. How would that have felt? And then to leave her laying there like that was just inhuman," said Liford.
In addition to the video from the Thirsty Turtle, police are reviewing other surveillance video.
There is a good chance the Metro Police hit and run unit will find the driver. Between 2009 and 2012 they have solved about 70 percent of their fatal hit and runs, some of them with the help of the public. Anyone with information on this latest hit and run can call Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.
Meantime, the Morningstar Church, which is across the street from where Kathleen Clark died, will hold a prayer vigil Wednesday at 7:00 pm in the church parking lot. Everyone is welcome.