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

Deputies are now asking for your help finding the suspect's vehicle.

Posted: Aug. 1, 2018 2:27 PM
Updated: Aug. 1, 2018 6:51 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The Tippecanoe County Sherriff's Office released the names of those involved in Wednesday morning's fatal hit-and-run on U.S. 52. Three people were struck by a vehicle as they stood on the shoulder of the road after moving a disabled car.

According to the press release, 50-year-old William "Eric" Peacock was transported to a local hospital and pronounced dead. 61-year-old Kimberly McDole from Lafayette was transported to a local hospital in critical condition then transferred to a hospital in Indianapolis. 48-year-old Robert Carley was transported to a local hospital and has since been released.

Related: One dead, two critical in hit-and-run crash; police looking for vehicle

According to sheriff's office, around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, a passenger car driven by Kimberly McDole had slid off in the northbound lanes of U.S. 52 near State Road 28 and came to rest in a cornfield. No other vehicles, nor property was damaged or involved. She had left the car and returned home.  

Deputies later made contact with McDole, at her residence, and determined she was safe and not injured. McDole requested Joey’s Wrecker service be contacted to help with her vehicle at a later time. During the investigation, it was learned that McDole contacted William “Eric” Peacock to transport her back to the car to meet with the Joey’s wrecker and driver.

Later, the wrecker driver Robert Carley got that car back on the shoulder. The tow truck driver and the two people were outside the car on the shoulder of the road. The emergency and service lights on the wrecker were on. That's when deputies said a gold Explorer, failing to yield, came through and hit all three people. The suspect vehicle continued driving north in the ditch until it regained the roadway and fled northbound, failing to stop or contact police.

Deputies are now asking for your help finding the suspect's vehicle. They believe the vehicle is a 2003-2006 or newer gold Ford Explorer, Excursion, or Expedition with possible left front damage and possible driver side damage. Sheriff's deputies said the vehicle will also be missing the front left headlight, driver side mirror, front driver side wheel fender assembly and missing the driver side foot panel.

If you know anything or see anything call the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office at (765) 423-9321.

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