Hit-and-run victim wants laws changed
Victim: 'Running has to be the top crime'
Last Updated: 42 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - The number of hit-and-run accidents nationwide have increased, according to data from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
In Indianapolis, Don Mindach, who was hit while riding his motorcycle in August, says he's still recovering from the day his world went black.
"I felt a comfortable, warm feeling and that was the end of it" Mindach remembered.
The end -- until he woke-up in an ambulance.
“It was a slow fade and I saw the EMTs working on me and I thought to call my friends and family; that's really all I had," said Mindach.
It was Aug. 17, and Mindach was taking a morning ride on his Harley Davidson on Indianapolis’ east side. Then, before he knew what had happened, he was flying into the street.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police report says he was hit from behind. Witnesses tried to flag down the other driver, but the woman never stopped.
"What makes me ill is to realize that somebody would leave me dead in the street," said Mindach
NHTSA numbers show that one-out-of-five pedestrians killed on the road died from hit-and-run accidents.
Mindach says he questions if the state's drunken driving laws work to deter inebriated motorists, or simply encourage people to flee.
"The laws have to be changed," Mindach said. "Running has to be the top crime no matter what they do, as far as drinking and driving. They ratcheted up the laws to where it behooves them to run."
In Indiana, if a person hits and kills someone with an alcohol concentration of .08, he or she faces 8 years in prison, and 20 years if the driver has a recent previous conviction. You can find an electronic copy of all of Indiana's drunken driving laws here.
Two months later, police have not arrested the driver who hit Mindach. While he waits for justice, he says medical treatments for his broken bones and concussion have drained his savings and kept him from his passion: dancing
“Well, really that's our hobby," Mindach said. "When I'm not working that's what we do. We're ballroom dancers."
Mindach is hopeful that anyone who might have information about the driver who injured him in a bit-and-run will contact IMPD.
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