The Herald Bulletin

October 18, 2006

Brinkley formally charged in hit-and-run

Lee Noble

An Anderson man and Indiana Department of Correction officer partly blamed for a fatal hit-and-run in Muncie last week heard formal charges against him in Delaware County court Monday.

At the same hearing prosecutors filed charges alleging another driver is at fault as well.

Steven L. Brinkley, 22, Anderson, drove home from Muncie after his involvement in the crash, according to accident investigators.

He is charged with failure to return to the scene of an accident resulting in death, a Class C felony; obstruction of justice, a Class D felony; and operating a vehicle while intoxicated and endangering a person, a Class A misdemeanor.

Also charged: Kevin D. Barton, 42, of Springport. He is charged with failure to return to the scene of an accident resulting in death, a Class C felony; resisting law enforcement, a Class D felony; and operating a vehicle while intoxicated and endangering a person, a Class A misdemeanor.

Two vehicles hit Jamie J. Beaty, 22, Muncie, as she argued with her boyfriend while crossing Muncie’s Kilgore Avenue near Elm Ridge Cemetery in the early morning hours Oct. 8. One auto dragged her body several feet down the road, according to investigators.

Emergency personnel found Beaty dead at the scene.

Delaware County deputy prosecutor Diane Frye said that she knows which car first hit the victim, but declined to confirm which one.

Brinkley has been suspended with pending termination from a recently acquired position at the DOC inmate processing facility in Plainfield, according to Java Ahmed, a spokeswoman for the DOC.

The results of the police investigation into possible wrongdoing will determine whether or not he is fired, she said.

Brinkley turned himself in to Delaware County police through Madison County Sheriff’s deputy Sam Hanna on Oct. 10 once he discovered the woman died.

Both men are being held in the Delaware County jail without bond. Frye said Mick Alexander, Barton’s attorney, planned to file a request for bond with a Delaware County judge at a hearing Thursday.