HIGHLAND — A Griffith woman is charged in connection with a hit-and-run Saturday that left a 47-year-old man dead.

Breanne Elyse Clark, 28, was charged Monday in Lake Criminal Court with leaving the scene of an accident, a level 5 felony. 

Clark allegedly struck Thomas V. Jamison Jr., 47, of Highland, with her vehicle about 2 a.m. Saturday, court documents state. 

The man was found by police near Highway and Kennedy avenues suffering "severe facial and skull injuries." 

Clark turned herself in at 3:15 a.m. to the Highland Police Department.

Clark told police in a statement "something jumped in front of my car," but she continued driving home because she was "nervous," documents state.

Clark's vehicle, which sustained damage to the front bumper, hood and windshield, was seized by police from her home in Griffith. 

Jamison died from blunt force trauma, according to the Lake County coroner's office.

Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the crash, Highland police Cmdr. John Banasiak said Monday.

The crash remains under investigation and additional charges might be filed, the commander said. 

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Sarah covers crime, federal courts and breaking news for The Times. She joined the paper in 2004 after graduating from Purdue University Calumet.

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