Police Arrest 22-Year Old Canton Man in Hit and Run Death

Police Arrest 22-Year Old Canton Man in Hit and Run Death


Police have made an arrest in the Sunday morning hit and run accident that left a 70-year-old Scottsburg man dead.

A 22-year-old Canton man is under arrest at the Washington County Detention Center.

This morning, detectives from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg and Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies acted on a tip that led them to a Salem man whom the tipster stated was responsible for the death of Mitchell Lovins.

Investigators spoke to Derek A. Deaton, 22, from North Canton Road in Salem, and after speaking with him, they placed him under arrest.

He was charged with Leaving the Scene of a Crash Resulting in a Death, Level Five Felony.

At the time of the hit and run Deaton was driving a red 1995 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck.

Deaton was incarcerated at the Washington County Jail awaiting his first court appearance

An autopsy was completed Sunday afternoon on the body found at approximately 3:30 am Sunday morning on State Road #56 near Quaker Lane east of Salem in Washington County.

The preliminary results from the autopsy revealed the male to be Mitchell Lovins, 70 years of age, from Scottsburg, IN.

The preliminary cause of death was ruled as massive trauma to his body.

The preliminary investigation revealed sometime around 3:00 am this morning Mitchell Lovin’s vehicle, a mini-van, slid off of the roadway going west on State Road #56.

When this occurred it appears Mitchell Lovins left his vehicle and started walking east on State Road #56 where it appears he was struck by another vehicle.