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Jasper County Sheriff search for semi involved in fatal accident

The Jasper County, IN Sheriff's Office is looking for a semi that drove off after running over a car and leaving a woman dead. The woman is identified as 40-year-old Melissa Deno of Rensselaer.

At a press conference (Thursday), Sheriff Terry Risner said the semi is a white day cab pulling a white box trailer. There's likely a red paint transfer on the driver's side.

A photo was captured from area surveillance.

The Sheriff's Office reported it was about 1 pm Wednesday when police responded to a report of an accident between a car and a semi at the intersection of U.S. 231 and State Road 16. A second call was received that the semi had fled the scene westbound on State Road 16. It was also reported the driver of the car was trapped within the vehicle after it has gone under the semi.

The investigation revealed a white box trailer had failed to stop at the intersection and crashed into a car driven by Deno. The vehicle had gone under the semi, shearing off the roof of Deno's vehicle.

Anyone with info should contact Jasper County at 219-866-7334.

94.1 WGFA