Police release name of woman struck and killed

Authorities on Monday identified a woman struck and killed Sunday evening on the city’s west side.

Mary Ann Wagner, 63, of Seymour was pronounced dead after she was hit by a vehicle in the 600 block of West Tipton Street in an incident reported to police at 5:59 p.m.

Wagner was walking on the sidewalk north of Tipton Street and stepped into the right westbound lane of Tipton Street, police said.

She partially made it across the roadway when she was struck by a Ford Taurus driven by Spencer Nichols, 24, of Seymour, Police Chief Bill Abbott said. Abbott said Nichols was fully cooperative in the incident.

Two witnesses besides Nichols shared their accounts with police and said Wagner had stepped into the lane shortly before she was hit, Abbott said.

Police had difficulty determining Wagner’s identity for nearly 24 hours and asked for the public’s help in identifying her. She was identified around 3 p.m. Monday.

Police sent a fingerprint card to the Indiana State Police, who conducted an analysis and sent it back as Wagner. Abbott said police then found relatives in North Vernon, and they confirmed her identity.

Police continue to investigate the incident.

Abbott said Nichols volunteered tests for toxicology reports.

“He voluntarily submitted to all the tests we asked, and those were collected and sent to the state police for examination,” Abbott said.

He said he does not believe alcohol or drugs are involved in the incident, but toxicology reports are used to confirm levels. Those generally take two to three weeks before they’re returned.

Once the investigation is complete, it will be submitted to the prosecutor for review, which is protocol for death investigations, Abbott said.