INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - IMPD detectives released an updated description of a vehicle they say was involved in a fatal hit and run Saturday night. And a local man said he thinks the accident could have been avoided if the city listened to him 10 years ago.
Police are now looking for a dark hunter green Mercury Mountaineer with tan trim. The model year is believed to be 1997-2001.
Earmon "Bud" Hubbard III, 52, was riding his bicycle in the southbound lanes of Emerson Avenue near 25th Street when the SUV hit and killed him around 9:40 p.m. Saturday.
Surveillance cameras at a nearby business recorded the hit and run.
"We were actually able to see the vehicle come through the intersection," said James Green who works at a tire shop near 25th and Emerson. "You can actually see the SUV make contact with bicyclist and (the driver) kept driving. I couldn't see which direction he went after impact but he kept going."
James Harrison's brother, John, died in 2003 along the same stretch of Emerson.
"The trash truck hit him and threw him 20 feet, ran back over him and killed him," said Harrison.
After his brother's death, the family pushed for change, Harrison said.
"We petitioned for sidewalks, and I feel it went in one ear and out the other. We still don't have sidewalks out here," said Harrison.
The Department of Public Works said there are no plans at this time to add sidewalks to the area of Emerson Avenue and 25th Street. The street is not approved for bike lanes.
Harrison doesn't want to hear it. He's convinced a sidewalk would have saved his brother's life and possibly Hubbard's life too.
Hoosiers saw unbearably cold temperatures Thursday morning.
Mintonye Elementary School may be ready to open in August, but Southwestern Middle School won't be ready. That's the preliminary assessment Superintendent Scott Hanback told the Tippecanoe School Corporation school board Wednesday evening.
State police and the Indiana Department of Transportation say public safety is being endangered by metal scrappers.