Officials seek ATV hit-and-run info

From local sources

HATFIELD — Indiana conservation officers are asking for the public’s help as a Wednesday all-terrain vehicle accident in southwest Spencer County is investigated.

Conservation officers want help identifying a suspect after a hit-and-run ATV accident that occurred near Hatfield. Authorities say a male ATV operator in his late 20s or early 30s allegedly struck a 13-year-old girl, who was also riding an ATV, before fleeing the scene.

The accident occurred between 6:30 and 7 p.m. CDT. Two 13-year-old girls were operating separate ATVs near Spencer County roads 900W and 300N when a male on a red ATV drove around and collided with one of them, ejecting him and one of the girls. The female suffered serious injuries and remains hospitalized at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville, according to authorities.

Two unidentified males, one in a blue or gray Ford truck, and the other in a gold passenger car, stopped to assist the injured at the scene, according to conservation officer spokesman Jim Schreck.
Conservation officers are asking for the public’s help in identifying those individuals in hopes that they could provide valuable information leading to the fleeing suspect’s apprehension.

The suspect possibly suffered a broken wrist and head injuries, according to authorities.

Conservation officers said the juvenile victim’s name is being withheld pending further investigation.

Anyone with any information concerning the investigation is urged to contact Indiana Conservation Officers’ central dispatch at 812-837-9536.

Conservation officers also worked an ATV accident early Sunday that seriously injured an Ohio man.

The 1:30 a.m. accident occurred in eastern Indiana’s Randolph County on the Ohio border. Jacob Blocher, 20, of Arcanum, Ohio, was riding a friend’s ATV on a path in a wooded area when he ran into a tree. He was found unconscious by the landowner and was airlifted to IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.