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Corrections Officer Britney Meux was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver traveling eastbound on 93rd Avenue west of Main Street in Crown Point.
She and three other corrections officers were jogging along the outer perimeter of the Lake County Jail, while exercising at the end of their shift, when a vehicle struck all four officers from behind. Corrections Officer Meux was killed instantly and the other three corrections officers suffered severe injuries.
The 42-year-old driver of the vehicle that struck the officers fled the scene but surrendered the following day. He was later convicted and sentenced to 12 years in prison for reckless homicide, criminal recklessness, failure to stop after an accident and reckless driving. He was released in December 2017 and is currently on parole.
Corrections Officer Meux was survived by her 5-month-old daughter, Savannah Hardiman; life partner, Joseph Hardiman; mother, Jacqueline Meux; father, Herbert (Doris) Bailey; and four sisters, Mary Davis, Janea Edwards, Lanesha Meux and Tarsha (Charles) Ricks. She is the first and only known female African-American law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty in the state of Indiana.
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