Charges filed in fatal Ind. hit-and-run

March 19, 2010 9:47:06 AM PDT
A 35-year-old man has been charged in a crash that killed a construction worker in northwest Indiana earlier this week. Robert Shannon of Hammond, Ind., is charged with two felonies related to the crash early Tuesday morning.

Investigators say they found an open and a closed container of beer in Shannon's car after the accident. Police say Shannon ran from the scene of the crash after he allegedly hit and killed 45-year-old Christopher Jenkins, who was filling potholes in a construction zone on I-80/94.

Shannon has been in custody for three days at the Lake County, Ind., Jail. Indiana State Police say they found him after he made a call on a pay phone to his girlfriend, who contacted authorities.

State police say Shannon was injured and wearing the same clothes he had on during the accident. Now he faces charges of reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident involving death. Shannon faces up to 16 years in prison.

Shannon had his first court appearance Friday at 9 a.m., and a not guilty plea was entered for him. His bond is set at $60,000.

His mug shot shows the injuries state police say he suffered during the deadly crash. In a probable cause affidavit released Friday morning, detectives report that witnesses said Shannon was speeding through the construction zone and that Jenkins flew through Shannon's windshield and showed no signs of life. Afterward, Shannon said, "My life is over," and then ran from the scene.

Police say Shannon admitted to drinking alcohol before the crash. Jail officials say that Shannon had not yet made bail as of 11 a.m. Friday. His next court hearing is scheduled for Monday morning.