Jury in hit and run case views photos of accident scene, victims

A jury selected to hear the case against a local man accused in the hit-and-run death of a Cummins engineer and severely injuring his wife last year have been shown pictures of the couple being treated by paramedics and a video of the initial interview with the suspect.

Michael DeMaio, 37, 2023 Chandler Lane, is accused in Bartholomew Superior Court 2 with four felonies in the death of Cummins engineer Ansul Sharma, 30, and severely injuring his wife, Samira Bhardwaj, who was 28 at the time of the accident at 7:15 p.m. March 26, 2017.

DeMaio is accused of two counts of leaving the scene of an accident, causing a death when operating a motor vehicle with a controlled substance in his system, and causing serious bodily injury when operating a motor vehicle with a controlled substance in his system, court records state. He is accused of hitting them with his red minivan as the couple was walking in the bike lane on Taylor Road near Four Seasons Retirement Center and then driving the damaged vehicle away erratically, which was observed by a witness who notified police.

DeMaio was identified by the witness in a police video recorded on body cam, and his first interview with police after receiving a Miranda warning about his rights also was shown to the jury.

The case is being heard by a 14-member jury, which includes eight men and six women, with 12 people seated as jurors and two as alternates.

For more on this story, see Wednesday’s Republic.