Colts owner Jim Irsay, kicker Pat McAfee boost reward in hit-and-run that killed Anita Wernsing, 78

Police, family asking for new tips

BOONE COUNTY, Ind. - Colts owner Jim Irsay and punter Pat McAfee are boosting a reward for information about a hit-and-run crash that killed a 78-year-old woman last year.

Anita Wernsing, of Fayette, was leaving Mt. Tabor Primitive Church, in the 7000 block of South State Road 267, on Nov. 25, 2012 when she was struck by the driver who then took off, police said.

Irsay and McAfee have each contributed to the original $1,000 reward from Crime Stoppers, increasing the total cash to $16,000.

Investigators said the vehicle that hit Wernsing was a dark SUV that was northbound on 267 and ran off the road before driving away. The SUV was then seen turning westbound on County Road 700 South immediately after the crash.

"We really we want to know what happened, and why the person drove off," Wernsing's son-in-law, Gary Davis, said at a news conference with police Monday. "At this point it is just, did you panic? Did something come over you so left, didn't know what to do?"

Another driver found Wernsing's body about 100 yards from the church.

"Everybody has a mother and a grandmother, and that's what this woman was," Boone County Sheriff Ken Campbell said. "She was a mother and a grandmother to some good Boone County people who, for whatever reason, was alongside that road the day after Thanksgiving and was struck and left on the side of the road."

Wernsing's family said she was very active for her age and had been working at McDonald's until a few weeks before her death.

Police asked anyone with information to call them at 765-482-1412 or send a tip via email at tips@co.boone.in.us .

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