LPD: Hit-and-run driver has been found

A man is searching for the person responsible for crashing into his car, then leaving the scene.
A man is searching for the person responsible for crashing into his car, then leaving the scene.

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A News 18 report helps Lafayette police locate a driver who allegedly left the scene of a hit-and-run Saturday morning.

Lafayette Police Department said Catherine Wallpe-Baxter has been cited for leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and failure to yield to the right of way.

Wallpe-Baxter told police she had been inside Rookies Sports Pub that night, but denied she was intoxicated at the time of the crash.

Police said a tip came in about her involvement in the crash after News 18 aired a story with the victim Christopher Snider.

Snider described the crash to News 18 on Tuesday.

“The next thing I know, I see some tail lights, hear a big bang, a flash of white, and then I’m waking up with people standing around me asking me if I’m okay,” said Snider.

“I have some bruised ribs, all the way down through here, my shoulder is in incredible pain,” said Snider. “Those first few minutes it hurt to even breathe, just to move around.”

LPD’s report said that after the SUV struck Snider’s car, it continued east bound on State Road 38 and the driver never bothering to stop.

The crash happened early Saturday morning on State Road 38 in Lafayette.

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