Police investigating fatal hit-and-run on south side

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- An Indianapolis woman was killed in a hit-and-run crash on the south side.

Police found the victim’s body on the side of the road Monday night, just a few blocks east of the University of Indianapolis on National Avenue. The victim was identified as Porshae Owens, 26.

“Why would somebody hit somebody and not stop? That’s what burns me up,” said neighbor Virgil Newman.

Newman has lived near the scene of the crime for more than three decades and calls the stretch of National Avenue in front of his home a recipe for disaster.

“It’s pitiful. There should be more street lights down through here,” said Newman.

Newman points out there is only one street light on the whole block. The street also has no speed limit signs or sidewalks.

“You can’t see people walking up and down this street at night and people drive too fast up and down this road,” said Newman.

“Drivers have to be very careful driving at night. It’s very easy to overdrive your headlights at night,” said IMPD Sgt. Doug Heustis.

Sgt. Heustis says the death this week marks the 10th fatal hit-and-run the city has investigated this year. That is right around the city’s yearly average.

Among the recent crimes, last week Horace Rounds was killed just 6 days shy of his 90th birthday on Michigan road after being hit by a green SUV or truck that sped away from the scene.

No arrests have been made in that case.

The day before that crash, a 2-year-old was thrown from a stroller on Washington street after being hit by a pickup that never stopped. That child is still recovering, but detectives have been able to track down the truck involved in the crash and promise to hold that driver and all the other hit-and-run suspect accountable.

“It’s just unforgivable,” said Sgt. Heustis. “To drive off and leave someone to die on the side of the road is pretty reprehensible in anybody’s book.”

Police say a vast majority of fatal hit and runs, somewhere between 70 and 80 percent, involve impaired drivers.

Anyone with information on any of the cases is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.

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