|2018 INDIANAPOLIS HIT-AND-RUN CRIMES
When someone injures someone with their vehicle, if they stop and call for help, they may save the victims' lives.
It is also the law.
A driver who commits a hit-and-run violation can be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the injuries
involved, according to the Indiana Code.
Jan 9 - Police found a body along side Bluff Road, north of Southport Road and determined he was a victim of hit and run.
Police suspect he was hit by a SUV, likely a 2004-2006 silver Chevy Silverado, Suburban, or Tahoe.
The vehicle will likely have damage on the front passenger side from the impact.
The victim was later identified as 61-year-old Dean Stegemoller.
February 4 - Two men were struck and killed along I-70 West before 4 a.m. by a drunk driver.
One victim, Jeffrey Monroe, 54, was a Uber ride share operator and his passenger was Edwin Jackson, 26.
They had pulled over into the emergency lane because Jackson had become ill and needed to puke.
Manuel Orrego-Savala came along in his Ford F-150 pickup truck and hit and killed them. He fled the scene,
but police caught him as he tried to exit the interstate highway. He had a blood-alcohol level nearly 3 times
the legal limit of 0.08.
Orrego-Savala is from Guatemala, does not have a license and is in the U.S. illegally. That, coupled with
Jackson being an NFL player, created national media attention which some Republicans began to try to use as
leverage in their desires to build a wall along the Mexican border and tougher handling of immigration laws.
In July, Manuel Orrego-Savala pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death while operating a motor vehicle
with an alcohol concentration of .15 or higher. Under the terms of the agreement, he’ll serve at least 5 years
and as many as 8 on each count. The sentences would run consecutively, meaning Orrego-Savala faces
between 10 and 16 years in prison. Two additional counts of failure to remain at the scene of an accident
were dropped as part of his plea agreement. Sentencing will be in September.
Edwin Jackson was an Indianapolis Colts linebacker.
He was the quintessential long shot who’d made it, going from nonscholarship player at one-time FCS college
program Georgia Southern — because no one offered him a scholarship — to starting inside linebacker in the NFL.
And he did it all with a perpetual smile on his face. Beloved by his fellow players, he was known as Pound Cake.
Manuel Orrego-Savala told police he was Alex Cabrera Gonsales.
Under the Gonsales name he received a misdemeanor in August 2017 for driving and never having had a license.
According to ICE, Orrego-Savala first entered the United States illegally around July 1, 2004. In 2005, Orrego-Savala
was convicted for driving under the influence in Redwood City, California. He was arrested by ICE in 2006 in San
Francisco for "being an alien present without permission or parole, and in early 2007, was deported back to Guatemala.
In March 2009, deportation officers again arrested him in San Francisco, and he was removed, again, to Guatemala.
Besides the 2005 DUI conviction, he has "many other convictions and arrests" according to ICE.
Jeffrey Charles Monroe of Avon IN was born in Chicago.
He was employed for 20 years at Allison Payment Systems.
He was survived by his wife of 25 years.
February 24 - An Army sargeant man and his girlfriend were walking along the side of the 4000 block of Southeastern
Avenue on a rainy night, after 3 a.m., having left Brad's Brass Flamingo - a strip club. The pair have a son together.
They were struck by a pick-up truck, which fled the scene. The man, Joey Nordstrom was brain-dead and his girl
friend, Angie Ruhlig sustained injuries including serious leg injuries. Police would later discover that the man who hit
the pair was Michael Lipscomb. The club owner told police shortly after the Nordstrom and Ruhlig left, he told
Michael Lipscomb to leave. Lipscomb left in his Ford F-150. Video shows he hit his brakes, but kept going after
hitting them. Police tried to track him down and ended up with his attorney, who let them find his damaged truck at
his home. The lawyer eventually facilitated Lipscomb turning himself in on March 6th. He was formally charged with
failure to remain at scene of accident with death and failure to remain at a serious bodily injury accident.
Sgt. Joseph E. Nordstrom, 30, of Indianapolis.
Nordstrom was an 11-year veteran of the Army National Guard and
served a year in Afghanistan as a generator mechanic.
He was planning on returning as a Blackhawk helicopter mechanic.
He was preceded in death by a 4-year-old daughter. He is survived
by his girlfriend, Angela Ruhlig and their 2-year-old son, his parents and
Michael Deane Lipscomb, 58, of Fishers, has worked as an IT manager
with a local Marine Corps office since 1997.
March 24 - On a snowy day in Speedway, A Trailblazer driven by Carl Hill, blew through a stop light at Crawfordsville
Rd and Lynhurst Drive, going 90 mph in a 40 mph zone. He collided with a white car driven by Donna Rosebrough
and her mother, Nola Spears. He killed both of them and ran off. He was charged with two counts of reckless
Nola Imogene (Garner) Spears, 86, is survived by a sister and two
Donna Kaye Rosebrough, 60, lived in Speedway with her husband Rick.
She leaves behind two sons and a sister.
Carl Lee Hill, 34, DOB 07/08/1974
Jailed in Indy Prior offenses:
2004: Driving on suspended, public intox, resisting arrest
2004: disorderly conduct, resisting law enforcement, Reckless Driving, auto theft,
Driving while Suspended
2005: Disorderly conduct, resisting law enforcement, Reckless Driving, auto theft,
Driving while Suspended, Refusal to Identify
2006: Battery w/injury, domestic violence, domestic battery
2007: Pot, resisting law enforcement
2007: Body Attachment and contempts
2008: resisting arrest, pot, public intox, invasion of privacy, criminal trespass, domestic battery w/injury
2008: domestic battery w/injury, criminal confinement
2008: Criminal confinement, battery w/ injury, disorderly conduct, domestic battery
2008: Cocaine or Narcotics, Auto theft, battery, criminal confinement
2010: Resisting Law enforncement, possession pot
2010: Resisting Law enforncement, possession pot, public intox
2011: Driving while suspended, Resisting Law Enforcement, Invasion of Privacy, Battery w/injury
2016: Possession of Pot, Dealing Pot, Robbery, Invasion of Privacy, Body Attachments and contempts, Domestic Battery, Battery, Residential Entry
2018: Possession of pot
Oct 18 - Indianapolis Metropolitan police say a driver ran away from the scene of a
deadly Thursday about 12:45 p.m. in the area of East 10th Street and North
A white GMC Jimmy SUV was traveling west on East 10th Street when it slammed
into a maroon Infiniti car driven by 63 year-old Allen Cornett. Cornett died at the
scene from blunt force trauma.
After the crash, the driver of the SUV ran away from the scene without trying to help
the other driver, police said.
August - Police continue to search for a vehicle in connection to a fatal hit-and-run
of a motorcycle in August.
Officers with Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department were called to the
intersection of East 34th Street and Shadeland Avenue around 9:06 p.m. Aug. 23 on
a report of a crash with injury.
The victim, later identified as 52-year-old Gregory Woods, died at the hospital after
the crash, according to officers at the scene.
Police at that time described the suspect vehicle as a newer model red Dodge
Charger with damage on the passenger side, last seen traveling eastbound on 34th
Street from Shadeland. On Monday, the department updated the description of the
vehicle as a 2008 to 2010 red Dodge Charger.
More than 2,200 hit-and-runs in Indy since 2017, most fatal suspects released within 5 years
Posted 4:48 pm, June 16, 2018, by Andy Koval
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Police officers in the city spend more time investigating hit-and-runs than you may think.
According to data given to us from IMPD, 2,218 hit-and-runs cases were assigned in 2017 alone, with 14 of them fatal.
While it’s important to note a chunk of those involve property damage only, an analysis of court cases shows most suspects
who injure or kill someone during a hit-and-run will be back on the streets in five years or less.
Currently, the maximum time someone can receive for the level 5 felony charge of failure to remain at scene of accident
with death is six years with a recommended sentence of three years.
According to state law, if someone causes an accident with property damage or injury, the person must notify authorities
as quickly as they can and provide “reasonable assistance” to anyone who is injured.
If they leave the scene causing property damage, it is filed as a class B misdemeanor. It’s upgraded to a class A if they cause
“bodily injury” and becomes a level 6 felony when determined a “serious bodily injury.”
To receive over a six-year sentence per count, authorities have to prove the suspect was intoxicated at the time of the incident.
The charge OWI causing death is a level 3 felony, carrying a max sentence of 16 years with a recommended sentence of nine years.
Here’s a sample of jail sentences for fatal hit-and-run suspects in Indianapolis over the last few years.
Maurice Webster received 4 years and 60 days for the fatal hit-and-run of a 90-year-old woman.
Tresor Shema received 5 years for the fatal hit-and-run of a 22-year-old woman.
Matthew McQueen received 1 year. He struck and killed a 65-year-old man on the west side.
Leslie Miller received 3 years for striking and killing a 53-year-old Rushville man on I-465.
Terry Ferguson received 6 months for killing 23-year-old Indianapolis man. She was convicted on failing to remain at the scene
of a fatal accident and operating a vehicle with an ACE of .15 or more.
Joshua Stephens received 4 years for fatal hit-and-run of 60-year-old bicyclist.
Christopher Stimac received 1 year for striking, killing 13-year-old girl.
Briscoe Wallace received 16 years for killing a motorcyclist while intoxicated. He was convicted on multiple charges.
Gary Shinnamon received four years for his colliding into the back of a vehicle, killing an Indianapolis infant.
In 2017, Gov. Holcomb signed a bill to expand penalties for people who kill more than one person in a hit-and-run. Prior to that
signature, the law previously contained the same penalty for one crash, even if more than one person was seriously injured or killed.
In all hit-and-run cases in 2017, ranging from property damage to fatalities, IMPD said 970 cases were cleared. 155 arrests were made.
June 18, 2019 - Update: A jury convicted Hill in April of reckless homicide in the death of Spears,
But jurors weren't able to reach a verdict on the second count for Rosebrough's death.
Before the new trial began on Monday, Hill pleaded guilty to the second count of reckless homicide
and a habitual offender sentence enhancement.
Hill is scheduled to be sentenced in July.
August 9, 2019 - Update: Carl Hill was sentenced to 14 years in prison.