Video gives investigators new clues in Walton hit-and-run that killed 2

Zachary Wines, 26, was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Walton on November 27, 2018. (Photo provided)
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WALTON, Ind. (WTHR) — Investigators trying to solve the case of a hit-and-run crash in Cass County believe someone saw something that could help them.

It happened on US 35 in Walton, just five days after Thanksgiving in 2018.

"The last few months have been terrible," said Paul Wines, the father of one of the victims. "I mean very terrible.“

Wines' 26-year-old son, Zachary, was struck and killed by a the driver of a car that fled the scene on the south edge of Walton. He may have stopped to help another driver, 52-year-old Bryan Curry of Valparaiso. Curry was also killed in the crash.

On Thursday, Indiana State Police said they had new information. They believe the crash happened between 6:24 and 6:26 p.m. on Nov. 27.

Studying security camera video, investigators have generally identified five car types going south on US 35 in that two-minute timeframe, including a black sedan, a small hybrid SUV, a dark-colored utility vehicle, a silver pick up truck and a black Jeep Cherokee.

The same Jeep was seen leaving a Speedway gas station in Galveston just after the crash.

Police aren't saying the people behind the wheel of those cars are responsible for the crash, but that they were in the right place at the right time and they might have seen something.

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"It gives us all hope," says Paul Wines. “We know they're doing their job. We know how difficult it is and they haven’t given up on it."

They're grateful for police work in the case and for the community’s support. Wines said it has helped bring the family even closer.

"We never realized how many close friends we have until now. We want justice for Bryan. We want justice for Zach. We want these people to step forward."

Paul Wines, a firefighter,said he has received help dealing with the emotional trauma of being one of the first responders on scene and discovering his son among the victims.

"I didn't see Zach until I started doing my assessment on him. And I realized certain things — his tattoos, his hand had been really hurt that weekend — and the light just blew up on me, if you know what I mean, and I realized it was my son."

"First thing I said was 'Oh my God, this is my son, this is my baby boy."

The family said they have hope the case will be solved.

"They have to," Paul said.

A GoFundMe account was established to assist the family with funeral expenses.

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