MADISON, Ind. (AP) _ A southern Indiana man has been charged in a fatal hit-and-run crash after police matched broken automotive parts covered in the victim's blood and found at the accident scene to damage found on the suspect's car.
Nineteen-year-old Gabriel Banelos of Madison faces one count of failure to return to a fatal accident scene in the June 8 death of 46-year-old Tina Harrod, also of Madison.
<span style=”font-size: 18px;”>Officers found plastic undercarriage pieces and other car parts at the accident scene. The Madison Courier reports an Indiana State Police laboratory linked Harrod's DNA to blood found on the undercarriage pieces, which were matched to damage on a Dodge Charger registered to Banelos.
Police say Banelos told officers he thought he'd struck a deer the night Harrod died.