Person detained in fatal hit-and-run; survivor talks

March 8, 2012 8:40:52 PM PST
Lake County, Indiana, investigators say they have a person in custody in their search for a hit-and-run driver who killed one of their own.

The driver hit four corrections officers in Crown Point, killing one. The person of interest surrendered voluntarily via an attorney Wednesday night, sheriff's police say. No charges have been filed.

A 25-year-old mother, Marine and correctional officer, Britney Meux, was killed in the hit-and-run. Three other officers were injured: Latasha Johnson, 34, Delano Scaife, 22 and David Murchek, 26.

Scaife was airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital, where he remains in critical condition. Murchek, 26, son of the deputy chief of police, is home recovering. And Johnson was released from the hospital late Thursday afternoon. She is is still in shock over what happened.

"I was thinking, Oh my God, what just happened, did this really just happen?" Johnson told ABC7.

Investigators say that a dark blue GMC Sierra or Yukon slammed into the group. The truck involved lost a passenger-side mirror. Some of the investigators say the SUV actually didn't even hit the brakes and was accelerating at the time the group of officers was hit doing a training run near the correctional complex.

"We were barely into the run. It wasn't even five minutes into the run. Then we all just simultaneously got hit from the back," said Johnson, who had to have two rods put in her arm.

Meux and Johnson were extremely close.

"She was not just my coworker, she was a very close friend of mine, she was like a sister to me, a little sister, so I am very torn up about that," said Johnson.

Johnson just wants to know why that person didn't help.

"How dare you have the audacity and not even stop and how could you at the least not call 911 for us so we could have some type of help," she said. "In our field of work, we are first responders so we run to help people and for somebody not to help us when we needed help, it's just very difficult."

On Wednesday night, there was a vigil at the Lake County government complex near the road where the four officers were struck.

"She was the daughter you wish for, a young, bright daughter, doing all the right things," said Jackie Meux, mother.

"This is a big family. Whether you're a police officer on the street or in the jail, we will have to deal with this and regroup, and hopefully the people that are responsible for it will be brought to justice," said one colleague.