Man Surrenders In Hit-And-Run Of Pregnant Woman
Man Says Angry Mob Ran Him Off
Last Updated: 952 days ago
A man surrendered Wednesday after police said he struck a 9-months-pregnant woman with his truck before fleeing the scene two days earlier.Jody Lee, 38, was taken into police custody at about 1:30 p.m.Lee had no comment, but police said he admitted to them that he drove the truck that hit Maria Isabella Benitez-Acateo, 25, at the intersection of Maryland Street and Elder Avenue on Monday.Lee's attorney, John Thompkins, said his client tried to stop and help the victim but was run off by what he called an angry mob, 6News' Jack Rinehart reported."There was a 911 call from Mr. Lee's phone immediately after the accident and he stayed at the scene," he said. "There was some type of confrontation between people who came out of the houses in that area that caused him to possibly make a very bad mistake in not staying there."Thompkins said he does not believe was drinking at the time of the crash.Police said Lee was driving a GMC pickup truck when he hit the victim, stopping to pull her out from under the truck before leaving the scene.Benitez-Acateo delivered a baby by C-section Tuesday. The boy was not harmed, and his mother was listed in good condition at Wishard Memorial Hospital on Wednesday.Police began negotiating with an attorney representing Lee after they were tipped off to the location of the truck.
Police said the truck didn't have much front-end damage, but they found trace evidence beneath the vehicle."Physically, there's not outside damage, but there is what we call trace evidence underneath the vehicle," said Indianapolis police Lt. Jeff Duhamell.Lee, who has lived in Indianapolis and Plainfield, has prior convictions for battery, driving while intoxicated, carrying a handgun without a license, auto theft, forgery and resisting law enforcement. His driver's license was suspended for life."We're very thankful for the witnesses coming forward," said Duhamell said. "This is a very heinous act by the suspect to leave her unattended like that and take off."
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