UPDATE: Teen suspect in custody in connection with hit-and-run

A teenage male is in custody in connection with Monday's hit and run in northern St. Joseph County at the intersection of S.R. 933 and Auten Rd.

Due to his age, police are not releasing the suspects name at this time.

At around 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, police from the St. Joseph County FACT team responded to an anonymous Crimestoppers tip that led them to the 300 block of W. Main St. in Niles.

In the parking lot of an old YMCA building police located the car they believe fled the scene after striking 49 year-old David Fordyce.

Fordyce was attempting to wave traffic away from the body of another victim when he was hit by a grey-green 1992 Honda Accord. The first victim, Michael Marks, 43, was struck and killed by a red truck that stopped at the scene.

St. Joseph County Police were called to the scene at S.R. 933 near the intersection with Auten in St. Joseph County at 11:20 p.m. Monday night, according to a statement from the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office.

St. Joseph County investigators and the countywide FACT team came out to investigate because of the size and complexity of the scene.

Police believe the two cars were traveling north-bound in the right hand lane. The two victims were found on the east side of S.R. 933 about 25 yards apart.

Police are not able to say at this point whether or not the victims were walking together.

According to prosecutor's office, there is no reason to believe that alcohol was a factor in the first crash in which the driver of the red truck struck the first victim and stayed at the scene. At this time no charges have been filed.

FACT officer, Cpt. Tim Spencer said a 17-year-old male was taken into custody after 9:00 p.m. Tuesday night. The teen admitted to driving this car.

"In looking at the car and examining it where it sits, it's pretty clear to us that it's the vehicle involved in the fatal hit and run," said Spencer, "we have a person that has admitted to driving this car, he is on his way to the Mishawaka Police station at this time with his family."

Sources in the police department said that if the teen is responsible for the hit-and-run he will more than likely be charged as a juvenile.

The sedan was taken away by a tow truck for further examination.

NewsCenter 16 will continue to provide updates as we learn more information.


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