Written from press release
Bloomington, IN – February 2, 2024 – The Bloomington Police Department is reaching out to the public for assistance in an ongoing investigation into a fatal hit-and-run incident that occurred on January 27th, 2024, resulting in the death of a 37-year-old “transient” woman, according to Bloomington Police Captain Ryan Pedigo.
On January 28th, 2024, at approximately 3:20 p.m., officers responded to a report in the 3200 block of S Walnut Street Pike, where a witness informed them about a possible body in a ditch off the west side of the roadway, according to BPD. Upon arrival, officers discovered the deceased woman in a patch of brush. The Monroe County Coroner’s Office identified her and revealed that she had sustained injuries consistent with being struck by a vehicle.
After the discovery, an autopsy conducted on January 31st confirmed the cause of death as injuries consistent with a vehicular impact. Investigators obtained surveillance footage from a nearby parking lot, capturing the moment the woman was struck by a large, dark-colored sport utility vehicle (SUV). The incident occurred at approximately 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, January 27th, on Walnut Street Pike.
Eyewitnesses in the area reported seeing a large, newer-model dark-colored SUV parked near the intersection of S Walnut Street Pike and E Burks Drive around the time of the crash. A concerned passerby stopped and spoke with a middle-aged, dark-complected man dressed in a suit who claimed to have hit a deer.
The Bloomington Police Department is urging anyone with information about the dark-colored SUV or the individual involved in the crash to come forward. It is believed that the front of the vehicle sustained damage in the incident. Detective Chris Scott can be reached at (812)349-3382.
The police department seeks the public’s cooperation in providing any relevant information that may aid in solving this case and bringing justice to the victim’s family.