IMPD identifies victim in fatal hit & run

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indianapolis police are investigating after a woman’s body was found on the side of the road Monday night.

Officers were called to the 2200 block of National Avenue around 9:30 p.m. on report of a person down.

A woman was rushed to Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital and pronounced dead on arrival.

Investigators identified her Tuesday as 26-year-old Porshea Owens. Investigators said it appears a vehicle hit her but there wasn’t a vehicle waiting at the scene.

“This is just a bad street,” said neighbor Virgil Newman. “People speed up and down this street bad.”

He talked with 24-Hour News 8 outside his home where he said he’s lived for more than 30 years. The stretch of National Avenue in front of his house lacks sidewalks but has plenty of pedestrians. Most of the time they walked along the edge of the road, forcing cars to maneuver around them.

The night before, investigators believe one of those vehicles hit and killed Owens. Police were unable to locate the suspected vehicle or any witnesses.

“It makes me feel bad and there’s no excuse for it,” said Newman. “(The driver) should’ve stopped.  Him or her or whoever it was they should’ve stopped. That’s not right.”

That sentiment was shared last week when police said Horace Rounds was hit and killed while walking along Michigan Road, just days before his 90th birthday. That driver also didn’t stop.

As investigators work to find those responsible, Newman would like to see city leaders go to work on making his street safer.

He feels it lacks adequate lighting. There was one streetlight outside his home, the only covering his whole block. He also wants the brief stretches of sidewalk to be extended.  “They sure do need to make some changes down here,” he said.

Anyone with information that can help police find the driver who hit Owens can call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477).

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