Published On: Wed, Jul 21st, 2021

Case Dropped Against Dead Woman in Indiana Hit-and-Run Case

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INDIANAPOLIS—Prosecutors dropped their case against an Indiana woman who was charged in a hit-and-run crash during a southern Indiana protest last summer after learning she died in Colorado earlier this year. Christi Jane Bennett, 67, was found dead in a Denver hotel room on Feb. 6, according to police. She died of blunt force injuries to the head, though heart disease, high blood pressure, and hardened arteries contributed to her death, according to an autopsy conducted by the Denver medical examiner’s office. Her cause of death is undetermined, though authorities don’t suspect foul play. Monroe County prosecutor Erika Oliphant confirmed Tuesday that the county dropped its case against Bennett on July 6 after learning she had died. Bennett had been scheduled to appear Monday in Monroe County Court on charges stemming from the incident last year. Twenty-nine-year-old Chasity Mottinger was injured when Bennett’s red Toyota Corolla accelerated into her, launching …

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