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Woman turns self in after serious Lawrence hit-and-run

LAWRENCE, Ind. (WISH) – A 27-year-old woman turned herself in after being charged in a serious hit-and-run crash in Lawrence from February.

Jessica Livengood was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with serious bodily injury which is a Level 6 felony, according to court documents.

Livengood turned herself into the Marion County Processing Center on Wednesday. She was joined by the father of their two children and neither had any comment when questioned.

At the end of February, the Lawrence Police Department released video of the hit-and-run crash in hopes that someone would come forward with information about the driver.

Police said Livengood hit a man crossing Pendleton Pike and kept driving.

Police later found the vehicle, a blue Dodge Charger.

It did not have a license plate, but it had a cracked windshield and the hood was dented. It was left 25 miles from the scene of the crash.

According to court documents, police received a tip on March 7 that Livengood was the driver of the vehicle. Police brought her in for questioning that same day.

Livengood told investigators a truck in front of her swerved and right after that she hit the victim.

She said he flew into her windshield and that she knew she had just hit a person. She then said she pulled over into a parking lot to check the damage on her car and again thought she hit someone.

In the documents, she told investigators that the reason she left the scene was because she was scared of getting in trouble for not only hitting someone, but because she was driving without a license.

She also said she knew it was against the law to leave the scene of an accident.

The victim is Victor Ramirez. Investigators say he suffered a broken neck, broken ribs, and head injuries. He is in stable condition at Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital.

He did not want to comment on the case.

If convicted, Livengood could face a sentence of six months to two and a half years of jail time. She is being held on a $2,000 cash bond.

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