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IMPD arrests suspect in deadly hit-and-run crash that killed 11-year-old

Police arrested 52-year-old John Killough Jr. Saturday in the death of 11-year-old Kyson Beatty on Dec. 11, 2021.

INDIANAPOLIS — IMPD has arrested a man who was wanted in the hit-and-run crash that killed 11-year-old Kyson Beatty on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, on the south side of Indianapolis. 

Police obtained a warrant for the arrest of 52-year-old John Killough Jr. for his alleged involvement in the incident and shared his information Saturday morning, Dec. 18, one week after the incident.

Early Saturday afternoon, IMPD updated its Facebook post, saying Killough was in custody.

Beatty was riding a motorized bike on Tibbs Avenue and crossing Wicker Road when he was struck by a large flatbed truck and pronounced dead at the scene. The truck fled the scene.

On Dec. 14, IMPD crash investigators identified Killough and worked with the Marion County Prosecutor's Office to obtain the arrest warrant.

Killough has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, two counts of possession of methamphetamine and operating a vehicle as a habitual traffic violator.

Credit: IMPD
IMPD identified John Killough Jr. as a suspect in a deadly hit-and-run crash that killed an 11-year-old Dec. 11, 2021.

Anyone with information about the crash should call the IMPD hit-and-run office at 317-327-6549 or 911. Anonymous tips can be left with Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477 or (TIPS).

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