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A Tell City man has been arrested and is facing charges stemming from a hit-and-run accident that occurred on State Road 37 last Thursday night.

Officials with the Perry County Sheriff’s Office reported that 35-year-old Blake Hensley of Tell City is facing two Level 3 Felony charges for Leaving the Scene of a Serious Bodily Injury Accident and Leaving the Scene of an Accident Causing Death, two Level 4 Felony counts of OWI Causing Death or Serious Bodily Injury, and a Level 6 Felony for OWI with a Prior Conviction.

Police say a report was phoned to Central Dispatch just after 9 o’clock on the night of May 11th where the caller advised of a serious vehicle accident near the intersection of New 37 on State Road 37. Law Enforcement, Perry County EMS, and Perry County rescue immediately responded to the scene on State Road 37 where they learned a southbound scooter carrying two passengers was struck from the rear by a truck pulling a trailer. The driver of the truck reportedly failed to stop after the collision and continued southbound on State Road 37.

The occupants of the scooter were identified ad Miller Nix and Amity Smitson, both of Tell City, Indiana. Mr. Nix was airlifted to a nearby hospital with serious injuries and Amity Smitson was pronounced deceased on the scene by the Perry County Coroner.

Officers continued their investigation to learn the scooter was hit by a white Ford 350 driven by Blake Hensley. Police were able to locate the vehicle in question at Hensley’s residence and noted apparent damage on the truck. Officials made contact with Mr. Hensley inside the residence before taking him into custody without incident. Blake Hensley was booked and lodged in the Perry County Detention Center.

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