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Suspect in north side pedestrian hit and run in custody

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Indianapolis Metro Police have made an arrest in a morning hit-and-run that left a man in critical condition. They've also found the vehicle involved in the incident.

It happened on the Indianapolis northwest side at around 7:30 am.

On her way to work Friday morning, Debi Pepsak noticed something she at first couldn't believe

"I just pulled up and there was a gentleman laying in the center lane  of 71st," she said.

Police say a 58-year-old man was found in the middle of 71st Street just east of Township Line Road.

His shoes were left in the middle of the road. Witnesses say the vicitm was in the middle of 71st St. in the middle of rush hour traffic, but they were the only ones who stopped.

"Most people just went around," said Ashlee Shumaker, witness.

"I just knew I had to check and see if he was okay. My main concern was that no one would run over him because it was so dark," said Pepsak.

A physical therapist, Debi Pepsak was the  first to reach the victim.

"I was checking his pulse," she said.

"She said she didn't feel a pulse. I didn't either, so I started performing CPR," said Shumaker.

A nurse, Ashlee Shumaker also stopped and the two performed CPR until medical crews arrived. So did the director of ICU at St. Vincent where the victim was taken. She often travels this stretch of road to get to work.

"I frequently do see pedestrians walking this side of the road," said Ann Claycomb, witness.

Police don't know exactly what happened here - only that there were people willing to  help.

"We did everything we could," said Pepsak.

The victim remains in critical but stable condition.

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