Fund aims to help victim

A GoFundMe site has been set up to assist the family of a 28-year-old Columbus man seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident with medical expenses.

Benjamin Taylor, who was walking his dog at about 9:17 p.m. Dec. 28 near his home, was struck by a car in the 1200 block of 13th Street, Columbus police said.

He was transported by helicopter to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where he remains in serious condition in the neuro intensive care unit, said his mother, Christine Taylor.

In addition to sustaining a traumatic brain injury, he also has a broken left leg and right wrist, and a bruise on his lung, his mother said. The dog was not injured when the car hit her son, she said.

Benjamin Taylor is a full-time student at Ivy Tech Community College in general studies and is hoping to get a degree in motorsports engineering, his mother said.

He has worked at Sherwin-Williams in Columbus as a delivery driver for about six months, she said.

Columbus police arrested Benjamin “Seaun” Anderson, 31, 380 Morningside Drive, about an hour after the incident after a family member of the driver called police to say Anderson might have struck someone with a vehicle.

Anderson was arrested on a preliminary charge of leaving the scene of a crash involving serious bodily injury, police said. He is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $7,500 bond, jail officials said.

The fundraising site was set up because the Taylor family has learned that neither Anderson nor Benjamin Taylor were insured at the time of the accident.

“The medical expenses — it’s going to be incredible,” said Taylor’s mother, who is a U.S. Navy veteran.

She believes that her son may be moved to a rehabilitation facility after being released from Methodist but is unsure when that might be.

Since his hospitalization, Benjamin Taylor has been signed up through state-offered insurance, but it is unknown how much of the expense will be covered, his mother said.

How to help

A GoFundMe fundraising account has been set up to help Columbus resident Benjamin Taylor. To access it, go to gofundme.com and type in Columbus area code 47201 and the words “Help for Benjamin.”

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.