Fatal hit-and-run suspect in court

Mike Ozechowski
Mike Ozechowski

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Update: NEWBURGH, IN (WFIE) - A Tri-State man accused in a deadly hit-and-run accident made his first court appearance Monday.

Warrick County Sheriff's Deputies say 25-year-old Mike Ozechowski struck 20-year-old Nicholas Davenport as Davenport walked to work Sunday morning.

The incident happened on State Road 261 in Newburgh.

Ozechowski was arrested at a near-by grocery store.

Authorities believe alcohol was involved in the crash. Ozechowski is charged with leaving the scene of a vehicle crash causing death.

Previously: NEWBURGH, IN (WFIE) - One man is dead and another behind bars after a hit-and-run accident in Newburgh.

Authorities say 20-year-old Nicholas Davenport was struck down by a car while walking to work Sunday morning.

Deputies arrested 25-year-old Mike Ozechowski at a near-by grocery store. Investigators say his car hit Davenport, sending his body into a resident's back yard.

Residents found Davenport in their backyard after he was hit by a car, and that was the beginning of a very long morning for everyone involved.

Mary Wahl woke up Sunday morning to a disturbing situation.

"We basically saw him laying here and called authorities right away," Wahl said.

She found a dead man just off the road in her back yard.

"It was very disturbing to find that in your back yard," Wahl said.

Authorities say Davenport was walking north on State Road 261 on his way to work at Arby's when he was struck by a Grand Prix traveling south. Lisa Holcomb said she witnessed the white car pulling away.

"He actually got stuck here and he was spinning his tires and there was an awful odor," Holcomb said.

Shortly after the incident, Cindy Gentry said a young man asked the manager at Wesselman's grocery store to use the phone.

"This young guy comes in and he says he's been in an accident and you don't think too much of it," Gentry said. "Then you find out a body was found down the road."

Investigators say Mike Ozechowski was the driver of the hit-and-run. After finding him at Wesselman's he was arrested.

"It was really bad," Gentry said. "The whole passenger side was messed up and there was blood all over, so you know he had to hit somebody or something."

An interview was planned with Ozechowski, but the Warrick County Sheriff's Office put him on suicide watch.

Hours after the incident residents in Newburgh were still shaken up.

"It's going to be a constant vision," Holcomb said. "I'm going to know I stopped him at that point. I'm just glad they caught him. Really glad they caught him."

Authorities say they believe alcohol was involved in the crash. Ozechowski is charged with leaving the scene of a vehicle crash causing death.