Man surrenders in hit-and-run that killed 7-month-old child

Gary Shinnamon II
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Police arrested an Indianapolis man in connection with a hit-and-run crash that killed a seven-month-old child this week.

Gary Shinnamon II, 30, was arrested on preliminary charges of Failure to Stop at an Accident Resulting in Death (Class C Felony) and two counts of Driving While License Suspended (Class C and D Felonies).

Shinnamon turned himself in to police Thursday afternoon.

The crash happened Tuesday night near I-65 and W. 38th Street on the northwest side of Indianapolis. The child was ejected from a child safety seat in the vehicle and landed near a guardrail next to the road. He died later at the hospital.

Witnesses at the scene and the deceased child's father helped police identify Shinnamon as the driver of the vehicle. Tips from the community also assisted detectives, police say.

13 Investigates has uncovered new information about Shinnamon, including serious questions about whether he should have even been behind the wheel. Documents show he was driving on a suspended license after two drunk driving convictions and a conviction for dealing marijuana. All of those convictions happened in the past three years.

According to police records, Shinnamon has a history of driving violations that include drunk driving and seat belt violations.

Shinnamon's first drunk driving arrest in Marion County came in 2011, when an officer pulled him over on Interstate 70. According to court documents, Shinnamon admitted to drinking five or six Budweisers in three hours.

He was sentenced to 365 days in jail, but only spent two days behind bars. Shinnamon's drivers license was suspended for 90 days.

In 2012, Shinnamon was pulled over again after an officer saw him driving and dragging a five-foot tall sign under his car. A police report shows Shinnamon had three passengers with him and tested for a blood alcohol level of .12.

Shinnamon was sentenced to 545 days, but only served 90. The rest were suspended. His license was also suspended.