INDIANAPOLIS (WXIN/AP) -- An Indiana woman was arrested in a hit-and-run crash that sent one woman to the hospital and caused minor injuries to a man during a southern Indiana protest over the assault of a black man by a group of white men, sheriff’s officials said Thursday.
Christi Bennett, 66, of Scottsburg, was booked into the Monroe County Jail early Thursday on preliminary charges of criminal recklessness and leaving the scene of an accident. She was released hours later on $500 cash bond.
Authorities expect prosecutors to file formal charges later, and Bennett is scheduled to appear in court on July 17.
The confrontation happened near the Monroe County Courthouse in Bloomington Monday evening.
A 29-year-old woman was injured when a car accelerated into her, launching her onto the hood, police said. A 35-year-old man then grabbed the driver’s side of the car and held on as the vehicle continued to accelerate. Both were eventually flung to the ground and the car fled the scene, they said. The woman was knocked unconscious and suffered a cut to her head, while the man scraped his arm.
Bloomington Police Department investigators determined Wednesday that Bennett, the woman the car was registered to, was staying at a motel in Scottsburg, Capt. Ryan Pedigo said in a news release.
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The protesters had gathered in Bloomington to demand arrests in an assault on Vauhxx Booker by a group of white men at Monroe Lake near Bloomington over the Fourth of July weekend. Booker said the men pinned him against a tree, shouted racial slurs and one of them threatened to “get a noose.” The FBI has said it’s investigating the reported assault.