Mother seeks justice for son killed by hit-and-run driver

Dominic Mitchell (Photo: Gloria Hardy)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — A mother is speaking out after her son was killed by a hit-and-run driver.

Monday, police released a key piece of information that could help them find the suspect.

"How? How? It was an accident and you didn't see him, you stop. You get help, but to just leave. How can you do that to anyone?"

That's the question Gloria Hardy keeps asking just days after someone hit and killed her son, 24-year-old Dominic Mitchell as he was walking on 82nd Street Wednesday night.

The driver didn't stop.

"That's my only child. That's my baby," said Hardy.

(Photos: Gloria Hardy)

Police believe the person responsible was driving a Land Rover or Range Rover.

A passerby found Mitchell early Thursday morning near an entrance to Castleton Square Mall.

"My baby was out there all night because some (expletive) hit him," Hardy said, explaining that she woke up Thursday morning to see two missed calls from Mitchell from the night before.

"I called. It went straight to voice mail that whole morning," said Hardy.

At that point, she didn't realize anything was wrong, even as she watched morning news coverage about a hit-and-run near the mall. She had no idea her son was the victim.

When a text came through from her son's phone that afternoon, though, Hardy knew something bad had happened.

"I got this text at 12:48. 'Please call the police. I'm in front of Panda Express,'" Hardy said.

Turns out, Mitchell likely sent that text the night before in the moments after he was hit. Hardy thinks it didn't go through right away because the phone was damaged.

That's not all Mitchell tried to do, though. According to Hardy, her son's phone shows he tried to call for help.

"He had enough strength in him to make the 911 calls that failed. He had enough strength in him to call me and I didn't answer. He had enough strength in him to text me. I didn't know," said Hardy, choking up. "I didn't hear this. I could have saved him."

Now, Hardy wants justice for her son and police to find the person responsible.

"I want them to find him. I want them to find him," Hardy repeated.

Police say they're looking for a 2002-2009 Land Rover or Range Rover that might have damage to the front passenger side. If you have any information, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.

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