Suspect and vehicle involved in fatal hit-and-run found

The vehicle and driver involved in Wednesday's fatal hit-and-run crash at U.S. 52 and State Road 28 have been located.

Posted: Aug. 2, 2018 10:53 AM
Updated: Aug. 3, 2018 6:10 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — According to Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office, the vehicle and driver involved in Wednesday's fatal hit-and-run crash at U.S. 52 and State Road 28 have been located. A Lafayette Police Officer stopped the vehicle Thursday morning around 4:30 a.m. and contacted the Sheriff's department after it appeared to be the vehicle from the crash. 

The driver was interviewed by Tippecanoe County Sheriff Detectives and the vehicle was taken to a maintenance garage for processing, once a search warrant was obtained.

18-year-old Yariel Lunice Nicole Butler of Lafayette was booked into the county jail. She faces charges of Failure to Stop after Accident Resulting in Death, Failure to Stop after Accident Resulting in Serious Injury, and Operating While Intoxicated (based on the traffic stop Thursday morning).

Related: Officials release names and details from fatal hit-and-run

Early Wednesday morning a tow truck driver and the two people were outside the car on the shoulder near U.S. 52 and State Road 28 intersection when deputies said a gold Explorer came through and hit all three people. The suspect vehicle continued driving north in the ditch until it regained the roadway and fled northbound.

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