Autopsy Scheduled Today for Hit-and-Run Crash Victim


Starke County Sheriff's Department BadgeAn autopsy will be performed today on the North Judson man who was killed early Sunday morning in a hit-and-run crash. He’s identified as Michael Keller Sr., 57.

Deputies from the Starke County Sheriff’s Office and North Judson Police responded to a residence on Dawn Drive in North Judson around 1:30 Sunday morning and found Keller on the side of the roadway. He was pronounced dead a short time later. Sheriff’s officials say the hit-and-run was in response to an earlier fight at the residence.

The SUV police say ran Keller over has been located. State police crime scene technicians are going through the vehicle. Meanwhile, Oscar Martinez, 24, of Logansport, has been arrested on preliminary charges of interfering with the reporting of a crime and interfering with an investigation. Officers are still searching for the driver. Neither his name nor any additional details have been released at this time by the sheriff’s officials, who are citing an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact them at 574-772-3771.