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[ISP] Arrest Made in Hit and Run Double Fatal Crash
Start Date: 10/5/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 10/5/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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Hamilton, Co. - Indiana State Troopers have made an arrest of a subject believed to have been involved in a double fatal motorcycle crash that occurred just before midnight Sunday August 4th, on I-74 in the area of the 96 mm.

The investigation, and information from witnesses, indicated two motorcyclists were traveling at a high rate of speed when one of the motorcyclists lost control and crashed. The male driver of the bike and his female passenger separated from the crashed motorcycle and were run over by several other motorists. The motorists that struck the motorcycle driver and passenger stopped at the scene and spoke with investigators.

The driver of the motorcycle was identified as Devon P. Criswell, 41 of Indianapolis. The female passenger was identified as Jacquelynn M. Lewis, 23 also from Indianapolis. They were pronounced deceased at the scene.

The second motorcyclists did not stop.

While investigators initially thought the two motorcycles may have not made contact prior to the crash, physical evidence obtained from the two motorcycles indicate that they had. This, plus possible alcohol consumption and excessive speed, may have been a contributing factor in this crash.

Yesterday afternoon, troopers from the Emergency Response Team, with assistance from the US Marshalls Service, arrested Michael Percifield, 34, of Indianapolis at a Cicero residence. He was transported to the Hamilton County Jail without incident.

During the course of the investigation, Trooper Jarrin Franklin and ISP Detective Harris Smith obtained witness statements and physical evidence that placed Percifield on the second motorcycle that allegedly made contact with the other motorcycle prior to the crash. Percifield then left the scene without stopping.

Percifield has been charged with leaving the scene of a fatal crash, a Class C Felony.

A Hamilton County Jail photograph of Michael Percifield is included with this release.

Assisting Agencies: Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team, US Marshalls Service

Investigating Officers: Trooper Jarrin Franklin, Detective Harris Smith, Indiana State Police

Contact Information:
Name: Sgt. Rich Myers
Phone: 317-899-8577
Email: rmyers@isp.in.gov
Michael Percifield
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