Hit-and-run victim dies; IMPD seeks persons of interest
A 59-year-old pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle earlier this week has died from his injuries.
The Marion County Coroner's Office has confirmed that the victim in Tuesday's hit and run crash, 59-year-old Michael Robertson, has passed away as a result of his injuries.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call 911 or Crime Stoppers of Indiana at 317.262.TIPS (8477). Callers can also text "INDYCS" plus tip information to 274627(CRIMES).
On Wednesday, Indianapolis Metro Police found the car they say was involved in the accident.
The green Chevy Malibu was located late Wednesday afternoon, thanks to an alert citizen and a police officer. Now investigators are searching for who was behind the wheel.
Police are calling 30-year-old Felicia Moss and 29-year-old Nikia Acuff "persons of interest" in the case. Meantime, friends of the victim were remembering him.
On the near northeast side, Michael Robertson was a fixture. They call him "Walkin' Mike."
"He comes down through here every day, I talked to him. He's a nice person," said neighbor Amos Martin. "He don't ride with nobody. Every time you see him, he walking."
"Yes, he walks every day," added neighbor Christina Booker."So when I heard that he got hit, you know, I thought that was pretty sad that an innocent person got hit and all they were doing was walking."
Robertson was walking along 18th and Sheldon Tuesday afternoon around 1:00, when a car struck him and sped away.
Metro Police say two women were in that car: Felicia Moss and Nikia Acuff.
After the crash, investigators say the Green Malibu, registered to Moss, drove off, even with Walkin' Mike critically injured on the ground.
"First off you hit somebody, so to keep going not knowing if that person's hurt or if you could get help for them just to keep going, I mean, it's heartless even if you are going to get in trouble," Booker said.
"Leaving the scene and leaving this man critically injured and leaving a family without this member of their family is just terrible and it's flat wrong," said Indianapolis Metro Police Lt. Chris Bailey.
What led to the hit and run is still unclear. Witnesses told police there was a dispute with one of the women at work and it apparently spilled over into the streets.
Before Robertson got hit, a witness saw Felicia Moss waving a baseball bat from the passenger seat.
"According the witnesses, out the window with a baseball bat, trying to strike another car," Lt. Bailey explained.
Now, police say they just want to talk to these women and get their side of the story.
If you have seen either Moss or Acuff, police ask that you call Crimestoppers at 262-TIPS.