INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 13, 2015) – A man was arrested Sunday after a hit-and-run accident on March 26. Police say Corey Patrick, 31, turned himself in. He now faces charges of failure to stop after accident resulting in serious bodily injury.
Investigators say Patrick called police wanting to turn himself in. He was interviewed and confessed to leaving the scene after the accident. The red SUV seen in video of the accident was also recovered.
The crash happened while Tanya Turman, 41, was walking to the bus stop at Bolton and Staughton Drive on the northeast side.
"I feel for him and his family. ... He’s young. We all make mistakes," Turman's mother Pamela Grant said.
Grant spoke to CBS4 outside the hospital, where Turman has remained since the accident. She said that her daughter is likely to lose her fight to live this week but the arrest provides some relief.
"I'm glad that he did come forward and turned himself in," Grant said.
She said strangers have stepped up to help, passing out fliers and offering support to the family. They wanted justice for Turman, who already faced challenges, being hearing and speech impaired, along with limited vision.
"I’m her mother. I have been for 41 years. I’ve been her eyes, ears and mouth in everything and I will continue to do that," Grant said.
All the while, having compassion for the man now behind bars.
"(I'm) not saying that I forgive. That's going to take a little bit of time but for him to have the courage to just come in and say 'I’m the person that did it,' to own up to that responsibility and to put all of this to rest ... it's a big (relief) for us right now," Grant said.
Officer Rafael Diaz, with IMPD, said Patrick told investigators that he saw news coverage of the accident and that led him to call police.
"That was enough for him to step forward and admit to what he did," Diaz said.
Patrick faces a count of failure to stop after an accident, resulting in serious bodily injury. Prosecutors could up those charges if Furman does not survive.
Grant wanted to thank IU Methodist staff, the people who stopped to help Furman on the side of the road and strangers who stepped up to help. She said they are planning a vigil soon to gather the community together.