Good Samaritan helps capture hit-and-run suspect

The suspect’s face in this photo taken on April 13, 2015, has been blurred out by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources while its investigation into a hit-and-run is ongoing. (Photo courtesy of Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources)

MARION, Indiana (WANE) — Two K-9 units captured a man suspected of critically injuring a woman in a hit-and-run that took place in a parking lot on Monday after he fled — thanks to the help of a good Samaritan.

The incident began in Marion just before 4 p.m. when Marla Turner, 49, was hit by a vehicle in a supermarket parking lot. She was airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital in critical condition, according to Indiana Conservation Office Jerry Hoerdt.

The man driving the vehicle took off and the good Samaritan, who declined to be identified, followed him to a location in the Mississinewa Reservoir near the Wabash and Grant County line.

When the suspect’s vehicle ran out of gas, he got out of his vehicle and was physically confronted by the Samaritan. The suspect then ran off into some woods and a Marion Police Department K-9 team along with an Indiana Conservation K-9 team were able to track him down near the Mississinewa River. The suspect was then taken into custody.

So far the suspect has only been identified as being from Wabash as the Marion Police Department has not yet completed its investigation.

The Lafontaine Town Marshal also took part in the chase.

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