Deputies seek information about hit-and-run involving toddler

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department is looking for a driver who is accused of a hit-and-run incident involving a 2-year-old.

Deputy Adam Warner was sent to the Elkland Mobile Home Park about an accident at 8:42 p.m. Monday, deputies said. A toddler was playing in the front yard there and when she attempted to cross the roadway, she was struck by a vehicle that witnesses said was traveling at a high rate of speed, deputies said.

The driver, described as a thin white male with dark hair, briefly stopped and then fled the scene, deputies said. A passenger in the vehicle, who gave her identity to the child’s mother, has not responded to telephone calls to contact investigators about the accident, deputies said.

The child was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital where she was treated and released for a fractured left foot, deputies said.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the sheriff’s department at 812-379-1650 or at the tip line at 812-379-1712. Emails with information may be sent to sheriff@bartholomew.in.gov or adam.warner@bartholomew.in.gov.

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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.