Pregnant woman survives hit-and-run

October 12, 2010

Indianapolis police are searching for a driver who struck a pregnant woman and sped away from the scene late Monday night. Maria Isabell Benetez-Acateco, 24, was crossing the intersection of Maryland Street and Elder Avenue when she was struck by a pickup truck. The truck dragged her about 100 feet before the driver got out and pulled her from underneath. He then drove away, leaving her in the middle of the road. Medics rushed Benetez-Acateco, who was nine months pregnant, to the hospital, where the baby was born via an emergency Caesarean section. Both mother and child are expected to survive. Police believe they know the identity of the driver.