Muncie Police release surveillance video of deadly hit-and-run

A hit-and-run crash that killed a man in Muncie was caught on surveillance video. (Photo: Karen Chandler)
Muncie Hit-and-Run
Muncie police investigate fatal hit and run

MUNCIE, Ind. (WTHR) - Detectives hope surveillance video that captured a deadly hit-and-run crash in Muncie will help them find the driver involved.

Joe Minor Jr. died at the hospital following the crash Friday night

Karen Chandler lives across the street from where it happened. Her cameras captured the crash.

"It's so awful. I can't even imagine," Chandler said. "I don't want to imagine."

Chandler is now heartbroken for a stranger.
She has children the same age as Joe Minor Jr. the 27-year-old man killed by a hit-and-run driver right near her home. It happened on a dark stretch of South Morrison in Muncie, which neighbors say drivers treat like the front stretch of the Speedway.

"People go fast. Yeah, mailboxes are hit all the time," said neighbor Sara Hughes. "People just need to slow down."

Chandler's security cameras, equipped with night vision, showed the crash. In the video, you can see Minor walking, right before one vehicle passes him and the next makes impact.

"A car went by him, so it kind of lit up the road more, and this car came behind him and just kind of hit him," Chandler said.

Muncie Police say that vehicle appears to be an SUV. Because of night vision, the cameras don't show its true color. But investigators say that vehicle will now have major front end damage.

"I hope (the video) helps. I really do. Because it's sad that - I don't even think they put their breaks on," Chandler said.

"It's difficult to watch," said Muncie Police Chief Joe Winkle. "You can kind of see how someone might not have seen, him but the problem is you know, stop and render some aid. If it was accidental, no one's going to blame you."

But this vehicle did not stop and investigators say no one discovered Minor on the side of the road for an hour-and-a-half.

He died on his 27th birthday.

"It's so sad. I just feel so badly for his family," Hughes said.

Chandler says Minor's father stopped by the accident scene over the weekend and shared with her that his son loved music, loved to help others.

"Something really neat about the kid is he grew his hair out really long and maybe a month ago he had it all cut off to go to locks of love, so he had a big heart," Chandler said.

Now, neighbors hope the driver who took his life confesses to police.

"Your conscience especially, I would hope is bugging you to death. I hope that you would think of the family," Chandler said.

"Come forward," Hughes added. "You're going to get found out anyway. and why would you want to live with this for the rest of your life? You can't bring him back but at least you can be there and care."

If you recognize the vehicle in that video or can help investigators, call Muncie Police Detectives at (765) 747-4867 or call Muncie Crime Stoppers anonymously at (765) 286-4050.

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