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  • Hammond Mayor McDermott Victim of a Hit and Run

    hammond.JPGKyra.jpgHAMMOND INDIANA MARCH 23rd, 2021 A woman fled from the scene after striking Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott's vehicle on Michigan Street near the border of Hammond and East Chicago. Mayor McDermott stated that he noticed a car behind him speeding between 50 to 60 mph. The driver of the vehicle nearly rear-ended his vehicle at a stop sign and then tried to make an unsafe lane change.

    The driver, later identified as Kyra Ann George, 24, of Hammond pulled up next to to the mayor at a stop light and began screaming profanity. Mayor McDermott said he could tell she was intoxicated and told her, 'Ma'am, you're wasted. You have no business driving a car, you need to pull over." Miss George then side swiped the mayor's car and fled at a high rate of speed southbound on Indianapolis. McDermott followed her as he spoke to police dispatch by phone.

    He observed her turning into an area behind the Smith Chevrolet at 6405 Indianapolis Boulevard. Hammond Police arrived at the scene and placed Miss George under arrest. She faces criminal charges including failure of duty and leaving the scene of an accident.

    All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Suspects named in articles, mugshots and arrest records published by NWI Digest are not an indication of guilt, or evidence that an actual crime has been committed.
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