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Monroe County Sheriff’s Office makes arrest in fatal hit-and-run


Alicia Hacker, 40, was arrested Monday in connection to a hit-and-run that killed a man while he was biking. Hacker told detectives she thought she struck a deer. Courtesy Photo Buy Photos

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 40-year-old woman Monday for a May 13 hit-and-run that killed a Monroe County man while he was biking.

Alicia Hacker told detectives she was driving home on State Road 45 East the night of the crash, according to a MCSO press release. She said she thought she struck a deer and, though she was aware of the fatal collision in the same area, did not make a connection.

Michael Brooks, 41, was pronounced dead at IU Health Bloomington Hospital at 11:02 p.m. May 13, Monroe County Coroner Joani Shields said in an email. An autopsy performed the next day in Terre Haute, Indiana, showed he died of blunt force trauma to the head.

Deputies found matching damage on Hacker’s 2003 Pontiac Montana van and Brooks’ bike.

Several people told the Sheriff’s Office that Hacker’s van was damaged. Deputies located the vehicle at a parking lot where Hacker works.

Among the matching damage was an exact impression of a Phillips head screw on the right edge of the van’s front bumper, which corresponded with a Phillips head screw attached to the bike’s rear fender .

Hacker was arrested on the preliminary charge of leaving the scene of an accident fatality.

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