INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said the man wanted for a hit-and-run in March has been arrested.
The driver of the vehicle, 31-year-old Corey Patrick, was arrested by IMPD on Sunday. According to IMPD, Patrick contacted police wanting to turn himself in.
Investigators were notified and an interview with Patrick was conducted. During the interview, Patrick confessed to the hit-and-run.
On March 26, the driver struck Tanya Turman as she walked to a bus stop near the intersection of Bolton Avenue and Staughton Drive. According to police, the driver kept going.
Family members of Turman told 24-Hour News 8 on Saturday that she is clinging to life. They spoke with 24-Hour News 8 after police announced the arrest.
“We wasn’t gonna give up, especially I wasn’t gonna give up finding this person,” said Pamela Grant, Turman’s mother.
Talking outside IU Methodist Hospital, she was relieved and felt closure Monday knowing an arrest had been made.
“Of course I cried, but then I feel for (Patrick) and his family. From what I understand, he was scared. He’s young. We all make mistakes,” she said.
Grant says forgiving Patrick for what happened along Bolton Avenue will take time. Right now, she just wants to thank everyone who passed out flyers and offered support as her daughter continues to fight for her life. Turman
“I will be right there by her side. I’m her mother, I have been for 41 years,” said Grant.
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Police began their search for what they believed to be a red 1992-1999 Chevrolet Tahoe. On Sunday, the vehicle was identified as a red 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe. It was recovered and is being processed by investigators.
Police released the graphic video they obtained in hopes to generate possible tips. Now, they are thanking the media
Patrick was preliminary charged with failure to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in serious bodily injury.