Charge filed in 2013 fatal hit-skip

Crime
Robin Ingram

A felony charge has been filed against a Fort Wayne woman who police believe drove away from a 2013 fatal crash and took her SUV to a chop shop.

Robin V. Ingram, 40, faces a single charge of Failure to Stop After Accident Resulting in Death related to the April 2013 crash that left motorcyclist Jason Gnagey dead at the intersection of East Wayne and Clay streets in Fort Wayne.

According to a probable cause affidavit, police were called around 2:30 a.m. that morning on a report of a crash. Responders arrived to find a purple Yamaha motorcycle down on its side and Gnagey lying face down behind it, dead.

Throughout the scene, police found a pieces of a headlight lens from a Ford and pieces of a passenger side turn signal scattered about, along with green pieces of plastic, the affidavit said. Investigators matched the pieces to a 1997-2002 Ford F150 or Expedition, the affidavit said.

A 911 caller at the time told police that he saw a large Ford SUV run the red light at Wayne Street and strike the motorcycle. The caller told police he then saw the Ford slowly drive away, the affidavit said.

During the investigation, police were tipped off about a woman – Ingram – who drove a green Ford Expedition and parked it along Spatz Avenue but that it hadn’t been seen in a while. A Crime Stoppers tip later identified Ingram as the driver of the Expedition, and that tipster said Ingram had left the scene because she was drunk and high on cocaine at the time, according to the affidavit.

Police eventually caught up with Ingram in 2013, who said a man had borrowed her Expedition to take to Georgia, according to the affidavit.

A few days later, police found vehicle parts dumped in an alley. The pieces – a windshield frame and windshield, a radiator support, a battery box and wall, a fuse box and wall, a hood and driver’s side fender – were green and were matched to a Ford Expedition, the affidavit said.

The case went cold from 2013 until this month, when police received a call from a woman who said Ingram was the driver of the Ford SUV that struck and killed the motorcyclist while high on cocaine and pills, according to the affidavit. The woman said Ingram had confessed to her in 2014 at Ingram’s home, while using drugs, the affidavit said.

The woman said Ingram told her after the crash, she took the SUV to a chop shop in Ohio and it was scrapped, the affidavit said.

Police tried to speak with Ingram again this week but she told police to speak with her attorney.

Ingram is expected to be arraigned in Allen Superior Court on Monday.

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