Man sentenced in hit-and-run that injured woman
After pleading guilty for leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death or catastrophic injury, Jeffrey M. Kinser was sentenced to 1,825 days in the Indiana Dept. of Correction.
In an affidavit from Harrison County Sheriff’s Deputy Clinton Ruoff, the officer stated he believed Kinser, 56, committed the offenses of failure to stop after an accident resulting in catastrophic injury and criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon in an incident that occurred on Oct. 1, 2020.
Around 5:23 p.m. that day, Ruoff and two other officers responded to an ambulance call regarding the possibility of a female being struck by a vehicle. Ruoff noted in the affidavit that upon his arrival, EMS was already on scene and that the victim, who was laying on the ground, was unconscious, bleeding from her head and had what appeared to be road rash and a tire mark on her back.
The victim was transported by ambulance to Harrison County Hospital in Corydon then was transferred to University Hospital in Louisville by air ambulance for life-threatening injuries.
Ruoff noted he spoke to the complainant who was at the scene where the victim was found. The woman, who was not identified in the affidavit, said she did not know what happened but that she lived nearby and came to check on the victim. After finding the victim laying on the ground covered in blood, the woman called 911.
Eventually the police located Kinser and his Chevy Avalanche, which was believed to be the vehicle that ran over the victim.
According to the affidavit, Ruoff said Kinser first admitted to possibly hitting the victim, but that he saw her laying in the driveway giving him the middle finger as he drove off.
Kinser told Ruoff that he and the victim had been in an argument prior to the incident in question at the victim’s home. He said he knew she was behind the truck at the time and told police that he felt a bump as he backed up in his Avalanche but thought he had run over a cat. Once he reached the road, Kinser looked back and saw the victim laying in the driveway but insisted to police he thought she was fine due to the gesture he claimed she made.
After further questioning, Kinser admitted to police he knew he “more than likely” had run over the victim but didn’t stop to check on her because he thought she was OK, according to the affidavit.
Kinser was placed in custody and transported to the Harrison County Jail.
The affidavit goes on to say that Kinser later told police that he knew he had run over the victim but was too mad to check on her.
Kinser was charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death or catastrophic injury and criminal recklessness committed with a deadly weapon.
The plea agreement dismissed the criminal recklessness committed with a deadly weapon charge. Kinser received credit for 183 days in jail; the remaining 1,581 days were suspended with Kinser to be on probation for 1,581 days.