Correction: A previous version of this story said the incident was a hit-and-run. The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office says this incident is being investigated as a reckless homicide. We apologize for this error.
VANDERBURGH CO., Ind. (WEHT) — More details have been revealed after deputies say a 62-year-old woman was killed in McCutchanville Thursday evening.
Shortly after 6 p.m., the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 11000 block of Sawmill Drive for a medical assist. After arriving on scene, first-responders found a woman that had been hit by a vehicle.
The driver, 60-year-old Daniel Brian Smith, told deputies he had been in an argument with his sister just a few minutes before she was struck by the vehicle.
According to the sheriff’s office, Smith says he got in his vehicle to leave after the argument moved outside the home. Smith allegedly told officers he could hear his sister, Faith Raelynn Georges, screaming and yelling at him when he backed out of the driveway.
Smith said that he left, not realizing his sister was behind the vehicle. He claims he came home a few seconds later to find his sister Faith Georges in the road. Smith went to a neighbor’s home and asked them to call 911, according to the sheriff’s office.
Deputies say that Georges was taken to a hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries. Smith was also taken to a local hospital for a chemical test in accordance with Indiana law regarding fatal crashes.
While talking with detectives, Smith allegedly admitted that he had driven his vehicle in a reckless manner during the crash. He is preliminarily being charged with reckless homicide and driving while suspended, causing death. The sheriff’s office says toxicology results are pending and more charges may follow.
According to deputies, Smith is currently in the hospital for a pre-exisiting medical condition not related to the crash.
“He is in the custody of deputies, but his arrest is still pending until such time he is released from the hospital and can be transported and booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail,” says VCSO deputies.
Authorities say an investigation into this incident is still ongoing.