Prosecutor releases dashcam footage related to hit and run on Wilber


The St. Joseph County Prosecutor held a press conference Thursday to release new details and dash cam footage of a serious hit and run crash that happened on Wilber Street late Wednesday.

The incident began as a routine traffic stop. A South Bend Police officer stopped a Mercury Mountaineer for driving without headlights.

Dashcam footage from the officer's patrol vehicle shows the driver get out of the vehicle. [Watch the dashcam video]

Someone else in the vehicle drove the SUV away from the scene. The officer then begins following the SUV.

“It traveled so fast that the officer because of safety concerns lost sight as it was traveling down Wilber," said St. Joseph County Prosecutor Ken Cotter.
When police located the vehicle, it had crashed into another vehicle.

“Two children were in that vehicle. Both are seriously injured. They were taken to Memorial Hospital and then ultimately taken to Riley Hospital in Indianapolis," Cotter said.

The two children injured were 8-year-old twins.

In the dashcam video, you can see a child at the scene being picked up by a bystander while officers rush to the vehicle. [Watch the dashcam video]

Cotter said one of the twins is still in critical condition. The other is stable. They are both still at Riley in Indianapolis.

The driver of the Mountaineer was located about a block away from the accident.

He was arrested on preliminary charges of leaving the scene of an accident and two counts of crash resulting from a DUI that caused serious bodily injury and one count of resisting law enforcement.

Investigators are still looking for the man who was driving the Mountaineer during the original traffic stop.

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