Editor's note: Authorities have since charged a different man, Jakeb Collins, for his alleged role in this hit-and-run crash. Prosecutors have cleared Darin R. Scott in this case.
The 54-year-old Bloomington man facing charges in Wednesday’s fatal hit-and-run was arrested just last month for allegedly driving under the influence and fleeing the scene of an accident.
Darin R. Scott was being held Thursday in the McLean County jail on preliminary charges of leaving the scene of Wednesday’s accident and driving under the influence of alcohol, Bloomington police said.
Scott was allegedly driving a van that collided with a sport utility vehicle around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday near Morrissey Drive and Chrisman Lane in southeast Bloomington, near Unit 5’s Evans Junior High School. The crash shut down Morrissey for several hours.
Phyllis Graver, 79, of Carmel, Ind., a passenger in the SUV, was killed in the crash, said McLean County Coroner Kathy Davis. She died from cervical spine injuries sustained in the crash. A second occupant of the SUV—an unidentified older man—suffered serious injuries but is expected to survive, police said. His name, age, and residence were not released by police.
Witnesses reported seeing a red van leave the scene of the crash, traveling north on U.S. 150.
“Bloomington Police received information, which lead to BPD detectives obtaining a search warrant. After their initial investigation, Scott was taken into custody,” police said in a statement.
Previous DUI Case
In a separate case just one month ago, Scott was arrested around 10 a.m. Aug. 14 and charged with driving under the influence and fleeing the scene of an accident, McLean County court records show.
That crash happened at the intersection of Kreitzer Avenue and Cloud Street in Bloomington. In his citations, Bloomington police said Scott’s eyes were bloodshot and he failed and later refused to complete field sobriety tests. He posted $100 bond and was released. He’s due back in court on that case Sept. 19.
Scott was apparently driving Wednesday without his driver’s license. His license was visible in his Aug. 14 case file Thursday at the McLean County Law and Justice Center.
The investigation into Wednesday’s crash is ongoing. Police are asking anyone who saw a red van in southeast Bloomington or along U.S. 150/Toward Barnes Road on Wednesday between 9-11:30 a.m. to call Detective Power at (309) 434-2579 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you wish to remain anonymous, please call McLean County Crime Stoppers at (309) 828-1111.
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