Suspect arrested in connection to deadly St. Joseph County hit-and-run

Published: Aug. 25, 2022 at 12:18 PM EDT
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ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. (WNDU) - A man has been taken into custody in connection to a hit-and-run that killed a local retired priest who was riding a bicycle.

Father Jan Klimczyk, a retired priest in residence at Holy Family Parish in South Bend, was killed in a hit-and-run crash Monday night on W. Western Avenue near Chapel Lane.

Shad Michael Jeffrey, 47, of South Bend has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in the death of another person for his role in the hit-and-run that killed Klimczyk.

Shad Jeffrey
Shad Jeffrey(St. Joseph County Jail)

Jeffrey is currently being held at the St. Joseph County Jail and is expected to be arraigned Friday.

Klimczyk’s visitation is from 2 pm. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at St. Joseph Funeral Home on Mayflower Road. A second visitation begins at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Adalbert’s Church, with mass following at 12 p.m.

Father Jan Klimczyk
Father Jan Klimczyk(Today's Catholic)

The full probable cause affidavit from the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office is below:

(St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office)
(St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office)

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