HAMILTON CO., Ind. (WISH) - Indiana State Police arrested a man in connection to a double fatal motorcycle crash that happened near Wanamaker in August.
Michael Percifield, 34, of Indianapolis, was arrested Friday in a Cicero home. He was preliminarily charged with leaving the scene of a fatal crash, a Class C felony.
Officials say two motorcyclists were driving at a high rate of speed just before midnight Aug. 4 on Interstate 74 near Post Road. One of the drivers lost control and crashed. The driver, Devon P. Criswell, 41, of Indianapolis, and his passenger, Jacquelynn M. Lewis, 23, of Indianapolis, were run over by several other vehicles and were pronounced dead at the scene.
The drivers of the vehicles that hit the victims stopped and cooperated with troopers. The other motorcycle didn't stop.
Investigators say there is physical evidence that the two motorcycles made contact before the crash. They believe that contact, along with alcohol and excessive speed may be factors in the crash.
“It’s just been really hard, for me and my two kids. They’re really tore up. I’m really tore up about it,” said Stacy Criswell.
Stacy says she was Devon's wife of 15 years; they have two children together. She says, she knows the man riding alongside Devon that night.
She says Percifield is her, and Devon’s, nephew.
“I still can’t believe he didn’t stop and try to do anything, to get them off the road,” Criswell said. “I don’t know how anyone can leave someone that cared for them.”
“It could have been something not as serious as what it is, if he would have just stuck around,” said Joshua Criswell, another of Devon’s nephews. “I don’t see how anybody could leave a family member in the middle of the road, to get run over by cars.”
“I would like to see him do time, to have to pay for what he did, because the evidence is there,” Stacy said. “I can’t wait till justice is served.”
Percifield remained in the Hamilton County Jail Saturday.
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