Hit-and-run person of interest hires attorney
One of two women who is considered a person of interest in a fatal hit and run earlier this week has hired an attorney.
Nikia Acuff appeared with her attorney Robert Turner Friday afternoon. Turner said she would not be making any statement.
Turner says he's notified Indianapolis Metro Police to say that she's willing to surrender at any time. Turner noted there was no current active warrant out for Acuff's arrest.
He said he spoke to the investigative officer Thursday, but currently no charges have been filed in the case.
"She's available to be surrendered," said Turner. "She wants to surrender and she does not want to be portrayed as someone who is currently fleeing from arrest. She's not doing that. She's not trying to avoid arrest."
Acuff was visibly upset while Turner spoke to reporters.
Meantime, the family of the victim is angry and demanding justice. Their father was struck by a car Tuesday afternoon.
Fifty-nine-year-old Michael Robertson's family is pleading with those two women to turn themselves in and tell police what really happened.
"Nothing is more important than family," said Monique Green, Robertson's daughter.
Now, though, for Robertson's family, his wife, his children and his grandchildren, he will always be the one missing.
"We all loved him and everybody who knew him loved him," said Robertson's son, Adriane Green.
Robertson passed away Thursday afternoon, two days after he was hit by a car as he walked along the side of the road at 18th and Sheldon.
Police found the green Chevy Malibu witnesses said hit Robertson, but not its owner, 30-year-old Felicia Moss, or 29-year-old Nikia Acuff, who is believed to have been in the car that hit Robertson in broad daylight.
"They know that they hit someone," said Adriane. "Just to hit him and to leave him on the side of the road like that, for one, it's inhumane."
For Robertson's family, especially his children, both of whom had just relocated back to Indianapolis to be closer to their dad, "I am angry cause I feel like something was taken away from me," said daughter Monique Green.
Robertson's family said they don't know where he was going when he was hit and they never got a chance to ask him later.
"We were told pretty early on that it wasn't looking good for him," said Adriane.
His family made the final decision Wednesday night to take him off life support.
"It's the hardest decision that I ever had to make," explained Adriane.
Now, Robertson's family said the two women police are looking for also have a decision to make, to do the right thing.
"We don't mean them any harm. You know, we just want justice," said Monique. "It's only so long that you can run. It's only so long that you can hide. Like they say, everything in the dark comes to light."
For Michael Robertson's loved ones, though, a light has gone out for them with his death.