One dead in SE Topeka after hit and run, driver arrested

Courtesy: Cindy Reyes

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – A man is dead after a hit and run accident Saturday night.

The man is identified as 35-year-old Jeremy Allen Gerhardt, of Topeka. The vehicle that fled the scene, a 2007 Nissan Altima, has been located. The driver of the Nissan, 56-year-old Theresa Hooper, of Topeka, was booked into Shawnee County Jail in connection with the crash.

56-year-old Theresa Hooper, of Topeka, was booked into Shawnee County Jail in connection with the crash.

Topeka Police say they responded to a call regarding a car crash in the area of SE 37th and SE Indiana just before 11:00 p.m. When they arrived they found a white pickup truck that had collided with the bridge and was fully engulfed in flames.

Witnesses who were nearby told police they pulled the driver out of the burning truck. However, Gerhardt died from his injuries.

There were no other passengers in the car at the time of the crash.

This investigation is still ongoing. If you have any information about this crash, call detectives at 785-368-9400 or Crime Stoppers at 785-234-0007.

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