Seymour woman faces charges in hit-and-run death of Owen County man


A 32-year-old Seymour woman recently was arrested for the hit-and-run death of an Owen County man in November 2020.

On June 24, Brandi M. Burke was charged with a Level 4 felony of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, according to a news release from the Owen County Sheriff’s Department.

Burke’s arrest stems from an investigation that started Nov. 30, 2020, when Owen County officers were called to investigate the body of Kirk Kindred, which was discovered by railroad workers near the county line off of North State Road 67.

During the investigation, detectives were able to determine Kindred had died of blunt-force trauma after being struck by a vehicle while walking on or near the roadway, police said.

Early in the investigation, detectives were able to isolate a make and model of a suspect vehicle based off of debris found at the scene. Through tedious police work, they were able to identity Burke as a suspect.

After locating and questioning Burke, she gave numerous accounts of how her vehicle obtained damage, police said. Detectives believe her statements that she hit a rock face, hit a tree or hit a deer were all stories she told to friends and acquaintances to explain the damage caused by hitting and killing Kindred.

Additionally, detectives were able to use GPS technology to determine Burke was in fact on North State Road 67 at the time Kindred was struck and not on State Road 446 in Monroe County as she reported to her insurance provider, police said.

Burke was booked into the Owen County Security Center in Spencer and later released on a $30,000 cash/surety/10% bond.

The Morgan County Major Crimes Task Force and the Owen County Coroner’s Office assisted with the investigation.

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