Hit and run ends in crash along S.R. 66, driver airlifted to nearby hospital

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Hit and run ends in crash along S.R. 66, driver airlifted to nearby hospital

WARRICK CO., Ind. (WFIE) - The Warrick County Sheriff’s Office confirms that a hit and run ended in a crash along State Road 66 on Sunday afternoon.

According to officials, Warrick County Dispatch received a call around 2:20 p.m. about a reckless driver who was involved in a hit and run incident.

Deputies told 14 News the driver first crashed at Sharon Road and S.R. 66 in Warrick County. Officials say the driver, later identified as 45-year-old Gerald Fulkerson of Newburgh, then fled the scene and sped down S.R. 66.

Deputies say that Fulkerson was driving down the median at one point, before eventually crashing into the river along IN-66 near Alcoa.

Warrick County Chief Deputy Sheriff Paul Kruse says this incident should be a lesson for everyone.

“Always wear your seat belt and drive defensively, and if you wear your seat belt, you may be the safest driver around, but there’s other people like this who are not," Kruse said.

Officials say the driver was injured, but remained conscious while authorities removed him from the car. Fulkerson was then airlifted to a local hospital.

His current condition is unknown.

Deputies say the driver was believed to be under the influence, but they are waiting on toxicology results.

No one else was injured in the crash.

The investigation is ongoing.

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