Hit and Run Semi Driver Arrested in Vigo County

Vigo County—Last night at 11:30, Indiana State Police Trooper Brad Fyfe responded to the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 near Exit 11 (SR 46) for a motor vehicle crash.

Preliminary investigation revealed a white 2016 Volvo tractor pulling a semi-trailer, driven by 28-year-old Harjot Singh of Alberta, Canada, was following a 2008 Chrysler van, driven by 18-year-old Gabriella Waltz of Paris, IL. As the van slowed near the exit, the tractor-trailer struck the van in the rear and continued on without stopping, along eastbound I-70.

An off-duty out of state police officer continued to follow the semi after the crash and report the suspect’s location via 911. Minutes later, near the 35 mile marker eastbound I-70 in Putnam County, Troopers Courtland Woodruff, David Cox Jr. and Austin Fowler, located and stopped the suspect tractor-trailer. Harjot Singh was taken into custody for Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Crash and incarcerated in the Vigo County Jail.

Gabriella Waltz was transported to Terre Haute Union Hospital for treatment of head, neck, and internal injuries and hospitalized. Ms. Waltz tested positive for controlled substances and charges are pending. She was transported by Terre Haute Fire EMS.

Two passengers in the Waltz vehicle, a 21-year-old and a 16-year-old, were not injured nor cited.

The crash and DUI investigation is being done by ISP Trooper Brad Fyfe. Trooper Courtland Woodruff handled the arrest of Singh. Singh was driving for Blue Ocean Freight of Ontario, Canada.

Under the Law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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