Crown Point, Ind.—An unemployed bricklayer was charged Friday with fleeing in his father's truck after allegedly striking four Lake County, Ind., correctional officers out for a jog on Tuesday, killing one.
Jason R. Cozmanoff, 42, of Crown Point, Ind., turned himself in to authorities Wednesday night, Lake County Sheriff John Buncich's said at a news conference Friday.
Cozmanoff did not make a statement to police and showed no visible signs of remorse, Buncich said. He is charged with four felony counts of failing to stop after an accident. Together, the charges carry a penalty of up to 17 years in prison.
Buncich said police are taking statements, tracking down leads and awaiting test results that could lead to further charges. Cozmanoff is being held in lieu of $90,000 bail.
"It's been a very emotional 72 hours for our department," Buncich said.
The four officers were jogging east on a grassy strip along West 93rd Avenue in Crown Point when a dark blue 2002 Yukon struck them from behind around 7 p.m. Tuesday. Buncich said the truck is registered to Cozmanoff's father.
Gary native Britney Meux, 25, was killed in the crash. Her funeral, with full police honors, will be held Monday in First Baptist Church in Hammond, Buncich said.
Delano Michael Scaife, 22, remains at an Indianapolis hospital in good condition, Buncich said.
Latasha Johnson, 34, had surgery to insert metal rods in her broken arm but has returned home, he said. David Murchek, 26, is unable to walk after suffering a broken ankle and severe injuries to his other ankle.