Police Question Truck Driver in Fatal Hit-and-Run
Details of the Indiana Hit-and-Run
Whiting police were called to the scene of the accident around 3:15 pm on Wednesday, following a report that a tractor-trailer had struck a child. Upon arriving to the scene, officers found Angel dead.
Police determined that Angel was attempting to cross Indianapolis Boulevard near 119th Street when he was struck by a truck that was traveling north. A witness told officers that the semi continued north, fleeing the scene.
The truck driver was pulled over a by Whiting police a few miles from the scene. He was detained and questioned by the Indiana State Police. The driver was later released without being charged.
National Trucking Accident Statistics
- During 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded 3,921 fatalities linked to traffic collisions involving large trucks. The number marked a 4 percent increase from 2011 when 3,781 fatalities were recorded.
- In addition to the fatalities, 104,000 people sustained injuries due to large truck collisions – up from 88,000 recorded in 2011.
- Of those killed in crashes involving large trucks:
- Trucking accidents were most prevalent on weekdays between the daytime hours of 6 am and 6 pm.