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Suspect arrested in fatal hit and run

Booking photo of Alicia Hacker who was arrested as a suspect in the fatal hit and run accident that killed 41-year-old bicyclist Michael Brooks. (Photo by Monroe County Sheriff’s Department)

Members of law enforcement have arrested Alicia Hacker as a suspect in the fatal hit and run of 41-year old bicyclist Michael Brooks who was riding his bicycle East of Bloomington in the late evening last Monday, May 13, 2019. Brooks died after a hit and run accident at E. Ind. 45, and N. Russell Road last Monday. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department released the following press release, and booking photo of Alicia Hacker after her arrest.

“”PRESS RELEASE MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF

DATE: May 20, 2019
Re: Arrest for fatal hit and run of bicyclist  May 13, 2019

The request for public assistance in  locating a suspect for the hit and run death of a bicyclist near Unionville in eastern Monroe County in the late hours of May 13th proved successful.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of news media, asked for the public to be watchful for recent damage to vehicles they are familiar with.

The Sheriff’s Office received information from several sources that a vehicle owned by Alicia D. Hacker has a 2003 Pontiac Montana Van with damage to it.  It was located by deputies in a parking lot at Ms. Hacker’s place of employment.    

Examination of damage to the bicycle of the victim, Michael Brooks, was compared to damage of the Pontiac. Among matching damage of the bicycle and van, was a phillips head screw attached to the rear fender of the bike. Examination of the right edge of the front bumper showed a perfect impression of a phillips head screw.  There was also damage found on the right front fender.

During an interview with detectives, Hacker admitted she was driving home on State Road 45 East on the night of the collision, and claims she thought she struck a deer with her van. She was aware of the fatal crash at the same area on the same night, but never put the facts together that she might have hit a person; therefore she didn’t disclose to law enforcement.

Alicia D Hacker was charged with Leaving the scene of an accident fatality; level 5 felony.
The Sheriff’s Office is grateful for the response of a caring community, who responded to the request for assistance. We are confident the family of Michael Brooks is relieved to know there may be some resolution to his unfortunate passing.

Press release prepared and authorized by Sheriff Brad Swain””

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