Columbus man arrested in hit-and-run death


A Columbus man was arrested Monday afternoon for leaving the scene of the crash that left a Seymour man dead on the city’s south side more than a week ago.

Tre Xavier Vires, 28, faces charges for leaving the scene of a fatal crash resulting in death and leaving the scene of a personal injury crash resulting in catastrophic injury. Both are Level 4 felonies.

The incident that led to Vires’ arrest began at 10:46 p.m. March 24 when the Seymour Police Department received a report of an unconscious person lying in the roadway in the 600 block of South Vine Street, according to a news release from Lt. C.J. Foster.

When officers arrived, they located the male victim, later identified as Charles Layman, 73, of Seymour, with no signs of life. A short time later, another 911 call came into dispatch where an individual later identified as Layman’s daughter, Tiffany Brewer, 33, of Seymour, reported she and her father had been hit by a vehicle.

Officers began lifesaving measures on Layman before Jackson County Emergency Medical Services personnel and Seymour Fire Department personnel arrived. Layman and Brewer were then both taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, where Layman was pronounced dead. Brewer was treated for injuries to her face, hand and leg.

On Sunday and Monday, Foster said investigators received information about the driver of the vehicle that left the scene of the crash and information about where the suspect vehicle was possibly located.

On Monday afternoon, investigators conducted an interview with Vires along with his attorney before arresting him on the felony charges. Vires was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 3:01 p.m. and was being held pending his initial hearing.

Foster said on Monday, investigators also obtained a Jackson Superior Court 1 search warrant for a residence on Emma Drive in Seymour to look for the vehicle Vires was operating at the time of the crash.

Investigators then located a blue 2010 Honda Civic registered to Vires in the garage with extensive front-end damage. The investigation is still ongoing, Foster said.

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