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Law Enforcement Looking For Driver In Fatal Hit-And-Run

Sherriff's door

Monroe County Sheriff Brad Swain says anyone with information about the incident can come forward anonymously. (Tyler Lake, WTIU/WFIU News)

An unknown driver hit and killed a Monroe County man Monday night while he was riding a bicycle near the intersection of East Indiana State Road 45 and North Russell Road.

Monroe County Coroner Joani Shields identified the victim as 41-year-old Michael Brooks of Bloomington. She says an autopsy performed yesterday in Terre-Haute indicates Brooks died of blunt force trauma to the head. He was pronounced dead at IU Health Bloomington at 11:02 p.m. Monday night.

Monroe County Sheriff Brad Swain says a driver called 911 late Monday evening saying she found an unresponsive man near the road. Brooks was still alive but severely injured when sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene. Swain says deputies found a damaged bike about 25 feet from where the man was found.

A nearby resident also told police he heard a crash around a half hour before emergency vehicles arrived. Swain says the neighbor recognized the victim as an employee at a nearby convenience store, and because he often saw the man riding his bike to work.

Swain says an accident reconstruction team is thoroughly investigating the scene. He is urging people to come forward with any information regarding the incident. Anyone can call into a tip line anonymously at 812-349-2727.

Brooks was an employee at Upland Brewing’s Bloomington Brewpub. The restaurant temporarily closed Tuesday as a result of his death.

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