As family mourns death of 14-year-old, IMPD searches for suspect in hit-and-run

Luis Patino was killed in a hit-and-run crash. (Provided by family)
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) —The family of a teenager killed in a hit-and-run Wednesday night spent today planning his funeral.

There are skid marks in the street where Luis Daniel Patino Ortega was killed.

Minister Maria Pimentel-Gannon from St. Monica Church in northwest Indy visited the boy's family Thursday to help console his father, mother and siblings. Pimentel-Gannon serves as spokesperson for the family of the 14-year-old.

Patino Ortego, who was a North Central High School student, spent a lot of time out and about in his neighborhood helping others. He also enjoyed riding his motorized mini-bike.

“He ran out and ran an errand and came back, and everything was fine. Then he went out, and he never came back," Pimentel-Gannon said.

IMPD is looking for the driver who left behind the stolen vehicle that struck Luis.

However, the lead detective on the case did not want the vehicle's make and model released to the public for investigative reasons.

The hit-and-run happened around 8 p.m. in the 2200 block of West Coil Street. Luis often rode his motorized bike on the street.

His godmother, Jennifer Arroyo, described him as caring and loving. He enjoyed doing other things for people, especially his younger siblings.

Luis' family urges others to slow down while driving in the neighborhood.

"Please, if you are in the neighborhood, don't drive fast anyway, but especially in the neighborhood where there are children and families," Pimentel-Gannon said.

Anyone with information that could help in this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.