Investigators search for driver of deadly hit-and-run crash

Published: Jun. 11, 2014 at 9:43 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 26, 2014 at 9:27 PM EDT
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Chad Demuth
Chad Demuth
Tina Maddox
Tina Maddox

BROWN COUNTY, IN (WAVE) – The hunt is on for a driver accused of hitting a pedestrian with his truck and not stopping to render aid.

Wednesday investigators released a description of the vehicle they believed was involved in a hit-and-run that killed Chad Demuth, 36.

The Brown County Sheriff's Office said on June 1 Demuth left the Bluegrass Music Festival at Bill Monroe Music Park and starting walking along Highway 135 when he was hit and killed.

"He was a very polite young man," said Tina Maddox, Demuth's relative by marriage. "He was a sweetheart. He was so gentle."

Demuth was a Louisville native and had many passions. Maddox said music was definitely one of them.

"He loved nature," said Maddox. "Being in the forest and listening to music, they made programs like that just for him. He stayed till the very end."

That's why it didn't come as a surprise Demuth and his girlfriend were attending the festival. Maddox said Demuth's girlfriend left the event early and at some point he starting walking along Highway 135.

"Then she went to get him and she couldn't find him and we don't really know exactly when he got hit," said Maddox.

The Brown County Sheriff's Office believes Demuth was hit sometime between 12:20 a.m. and 2:20 a.m. Officers were called after a passerby discovered his body three miles from the festival.

"We don't know, did he die instantly or did he sit there and suffer? We don't know, but that person needs to be held accountable," said Maddox.

Evidence suggests a 1988 to 1997 Chevy or GMC truck was involved.  Investigators said it is likely the truck is a C1500 or W/T model with glass sealed beam headlamps. They also said there should be damage to the front of the vehicle.

To Maddox this new information proves the person responsible knew they were involved in a crash.

"Whoever did this, how could you've not stopped?" asked Maddox.

If you have any information about the crash you are asked to contact the Brown County Sheriff's Office at (812) 988-6655 or leave a message on the confidential tip line at (812) 988-6620. Anyone who provides information can remain anonymous.

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