By Mike Perleberg
(Ripley County, Ind.) – Ripley County Sheriff Tom Grills is crediting an anonymous source and Facebook for leading investigators to a driver accused in a hit and run accident.
On Sunday, a tan 1996 Jeep Cherokee slid off of State Road 129 at County Road 900 South and struck a vehicle parked in a driveway. The female driver reversed and additionally wrecked a stop sign as she fled the scene.
Grills announced Wednesday that the driver has been identified as a 17-year-old female from Milan. She left the scene for fear of an Indiana Drivers Permit Violation, the sheriff explained.
A post on Facebook seen by an individual proved to be the break investigators needed in the case.
“Social media, although can be used in the commission of crime, can also be used to catch the criminal, and in this case it worked out perfect as the anonymous source saw a Facebook post and contacted an officer who they trusted. This is a great case of the community and law enforcement coming together for closure,” Grills said.
The girl, who was released to her guardians, will face potential adjudication in the Ripley Circuit Court, pending review by the prosecutor’s office of a juvenile delinquency charging information for leaving the scene of a property damage accident. That charge, if she were an adult, would be a Class B misdemeanor.