Tips from the public lead to arrest in deadly hit-and-run case

Alicia Hacker (Photo: Monroe County Sheriff's Office)
Monroe County Hit-and-Run Arrest
Arrest in deadly hit-and-run
Bloomington Hit-and-Run Arrest

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WTHR) - Investigators in Monroe County are applauding the public for helping solve a deadly hit-and-run accident. Without a handful of key tips, they admit they might not have arrested the alleged driver.

Almost as soon as police found a wrecked bicycle and Michael Brooks dying alongside State Road 45 the night of May 13, they knew the odds were not in their favor.

"We knew it was it was going to be a very difficult investigation," said Monroe County Sheriff's Department Capt. Ryan Davis.

Did it look unsolvable?

"I don't know if I would say unsolvable," Davis said, "we knew it was going to be a daunting task."

Within days of the crash, investigators were on social media asking for help finding the person responsible.

"A lot of times, investigators spend hours filtering through tips and oftentimes they lead nowhere," Davis said.

But this case was different.

Instead of receiving dozens of vague or unverifiable tips, they had only five. Three of them, investigators say, pointed to 40-year-old Alicia Hacker and her damaged minivan.

The accident occurred about 10:30 at night. There were no witnesses or nearby security cameras.

Investigators say Hacker told them she thought she hit a deer. But on her van, they found paint, fibers and other evidence they believe came from Brooks' clothing and the bicycle.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Hacker told police she didn't hear about the fatal hit-and-run accident until a couple of days later and didn't call authorities because she hadn't put two and two together.

She now faces a preliminary charge of leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

Would police have solved this case without someone stepping forward and provided tips?

"Likely not," said Davis.

Hacker bonded out of the Monroe County Jail and has not yet had an initial hearing. Eyewitness News attempts to reach Hacker were not successful.