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Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run on west side, police investigating as homicide

UPDATE: The victim has been identified as 57-year-old John Coleman Jr.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A male pedestrian was killed in a hit-and-run crash on the west side Monday morning police say was an intentional act.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department says officers responded to the 1000 block of North Centennial Street on a report of a hit-and-run crash with a pedestrian struck shortly after 9 a.m. That is near the intersection of North Tibbs Avenue and West 11th Street.

The victim was found unresponsive in the front yard of a residence. He was transported to the hospital in critical condition and died soon after arriving, according to police.

The driver fled the scene before police arrived.

The incident is being investigated as a homicide and detectives believe the driver of the vehicle may have known the victim.

No additional information about the victim’s identity was provided.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact detective Lottie Patrick by calling the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3475 or sending an email to

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