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Police search for 2 cars in deadly hit-and-run

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – For the second time in less than a month, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is investigating a deadly hit-and-run.

Investigators identified the victim as James Ragland. On Wednesday, a driver struck Ragland as he walked northbound on the 4000 block of Franklin Road. While Ragland suffered in the roadway a second driver struck him.

24-Hour News 8 discovered Ragland’s last known address is less than three minutes from the crash scene.

According to neighbors there, Ragland moved away about a year ago. One man added that Ragland was often spotted walking around the neighborhood.

On Thursday evening, adults and even children were seen crossing Franklin. Many of whom were to dodging traffic just to get across the street.

Some residents in the area are calling for more lights and signage on Franklin Road.

Angela Cox’s waited in her wheel chair for bus 39 along Franklin Road Thursday evening. In the past, she has confronted speeders along this stretch by drawing their attention to posted speed limits. However, she says her statements are rudely ignored.

“I can ask will you please see this sign, and they look like will you please shut up or leave me alone,” said Cox.

Investigators have a description of the suspect vehicles. The first vehicle is believed to be a late 90’s to early 2000’s Ford Explorer XLT, unknown color. The Explorer will have damage to the front passenger side, including damage to the grill and the passenger side fog lamp will be heavily damaged.

Detectives also are searching for the second vehicle, a tan/beige/gold colored 2005-2010 Chrysler 300 four-door. The Chrysler will have under body damage on the passenger side, and will be missing a long piece which fits below the doors on the passenger side.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Accident Investigation office at 327-6549 or call Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-8477 (TIPS) or 800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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